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7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love ……. if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.
These remarkable words come to us across the millennia written either by a very old man, or by those closest to him and they still have the power to shock us into seeing things very clearly. The man was the disciple “whom Jesus loved”, John.
In recent months we have all been appalled by sights on our television screens, scenes of explosion and horror. We see scenes of dreadful things being done in the name of religion and faith.
Here is the litmus test. Do you want to know what the mark is of real faith? It is the way that we deal with each other.
It is very simple, to be recognised as a Christian, we need live in love. How do we do this? I recently heard a revealing interview with a holocaust survivor recounting the time when she publicly forgave a doctor who had experimented on her in Auschwitz as a child knowing that apart from her twin, the rest of her family had been gassed to death. For her it was quite simple …. “I would much rather get a hug and a kiss from him than what I used to get”………. Remarkable. She passed the litmus test.
Coincidentally, though this is the lectionary reading, we are looking at 1 John at the manse home group during June (Tuesdays 9th and 23rd @ 7.30 pm and Wednesdays 10th and 24th @ 2.30 pm), we always have lively discussions and a time for sharing. Be nice to see you there