1 John 4:7-21
1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.
I remember the first time I fell in love . . . Long ago . . . I have never shared this story with anyone before—it is too personal. Too intimate. I lost sleep over him. The rejection was so painful. I followed him around—now people might call it stalking, but then it was something I couldn’t help. He never loved me back—never even knew my name. Fortunately, I was safe. I was always in a group of friends who never knew. And HE never knew. Oh, the unrequited love of an 8 year old girl. I wonder where Roger DeHaan is now?
But honestly, was that REAL love? WE versus ME—this was a disconnect.
Originally preached Sunday, April 29, 2018
Our scripture this morning is from 1 John 4:7-21. What does that remind you of?
God loves us
We love God
Because we love God and God loves us
We love each other
A few weeks ago I told you about a word perichoresis that means a “holy dance” among the 3 persons of God—the Trinity. I remember when we were kiddos, we used to love to hold hands with our friends in a circle, facing inward, and run as fast as we could to feel the centrifugal force. That’s what I think of when I see the symbol for Celtic knots
And remember what happens if somebody’s hand slipped? Right—“All fall down!”
So HOW do we love each other because God loves us?