Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Like faith, we can show love towards others, but it is difficult to measure. Yet we know whom we love and who loves us. That love can take different forms, different types – we are each so unique. Part of the meaning behind this scripture is that God is the ‘glue’ that binds us together in community. If we truly believe that God is love that should affect who and how I am. However, I am not speaking of ‘lurv’ – some romanticised notion of love. As a parent and educator, I know that tough love can be required and is frequently about the setting of limits and expectations.
Young people are thirsting for meaning – and can spot hypocrisy at a distance. They also thrive when they have secure boundaries. By promoting and living a faith that God is love, we give young people a wonderful, credible example – of care for themselves, others and those on the margins.
Have a great week!