Welcome back to school! The leaders of We-Lu are very excited for the new semester and what God has in store for all of us! We are going to continue our weekly leader blog every Wednesday so be sure to check it out and let us know what your thoughts are!
One of the things that really amazes me is how different the people who are close to us are. If you think about it, I bet that your group of friends would find it hard to come to a consensus on where is the best place to eat, what is the best movie, or who is the best football team. Even through all the arguments and the annoying habits they have, you still want to hang out with them. Why is that? I’m a business major so I don’t know all the ends and outs of human behavior or the biology of why we form friendships but I do know one thing, LOVE is always present. Love is what allows us to not just look past the faults of others but to embrace them. In your group of friends, love is what keeps you together. The same idea should hopefully apply to churches as well. Members should not just point out the differences of their community to the “outside world,” but should embrace the differences and allow love to fit into their lives.
Now there are a few different kinds of love but the one I’m talking about is agape which is the unconditional love that comes from God. In John 4:8, this agape love is defined. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” God = love. This statement means that God is interchangeable with the word love. So God is what keeps us together and He is always present.
This idea truly amazes me. It kind of reminds me of a chain. Each loop is connected to one another to create this bond that is so difficult to break. Each of us represents a loop and God/love is the force that allows us to bind together. If we as a church can continue to recognize the strength we have in love, then it will be impossible to break us separately.
As you continue through this semester whether it be the ending of your first year or your last, remember that God is always there and that every person you meet is like a link in the chain.