Pastor Paul's Perspective


What DOES love have to do with it?

The great theologian, Tina Turner, once asked a probing question with all kinds of ramifications.

"What's love got to do with it?"

As we continue our series on "Seeing Jesus" this Sunday, June 9, we will look closely at how Jesus loved. And we will see that love has a lot to do with it.

In my opinion, "love" is one of the most overused and most misunderstood words in the English language.

Consider this:

  • I can say "I love ice cream"
  • I can say "I love my car"
  • I can say "I love my new pitching wedge"
  • I can say "I love sports"
  • I can say "I love Louie" (my dog . . . really, Brenda's dog )
  • I can say "I love my wife"
  • I can say "I love Jesus"

And although I personally may or may not have said all of those "I love" comments in the past week or so, I don't "love" them all equally. I don't "love" them all in the same way or with the same intensity and passion.

In the life of Jesus, we can "see" what love is really all about. In John 13:34-35, we read:

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love on another; as I have loved you, that yo also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

This "new commandment" to love is not new as it was part of the shema of Deuteronomy 6:4 and Exodus 20 (The 10 Commandments).  But it is "new" in how it is expressed in the life of Jesus Christ. And this Sunday we will be focusing on how love, in this new commandment to love, is both expressed and exhibited by Jesus. So we need to "see Jesus" if we are going to know what love's got to do with it.

As a preview for Sunday, look closely at Jesus' love:

  • For lost people - Luke 19:1-10
  • For hurting people - Matthew 9:35-38
  • For His followers - John 13:34-35
  • For His enemies - Matthew 5:43-48
  • For His Father - John 14:31


Let's come together Sunday to see from the life of Jesus that love really does have a lot (everything) to do with it.

See you Sunday, 
Pastor Paul

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