Monday, May 2, 2016

Loving the Way Jesus Loves

Sermon handout
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 1, 2016
The Rev. Rob Hartley

Last Sun.   “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as
                    I have loved you, you also should love one another.   John 13:34

This Sun.   “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”             John 14:23

What does it mean to love like Jesus loves ?

Loving unconditionally                 John 4                The woman at the well

Loving the unlovable                     Luke 23:39-43   The criminal on the cross  

Loving the unlovely                  Matt 8:2-3          Jesus heals the leper

Loving compassionately            John 8:1-11       The woman in adultery

Loving sacrificially                   Matt 26:39        Jesus at Gethsemane

Loving when not loved in return       Matt 5:43-47     The Beatitude
                                                                     Luke 23:34       Jesus on the Cross

But... How can we ever hope to love the way Jesus has shown us?
From today’s Gospel- John 14:25-26,
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything…”
Allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us to love?
  1. By inviting Jesus to send His Spirit into our hearts.
  2. By growing in our relationship with our loving Father.        
  3. By immersing ourselves in the family of God, the crucible in which we learn to really love.
  4. By praying, listening for God’s Holy Spirit before responding to others.
  5. By letting God’s Holy Spirit transform us into vessels of Christ’s divine love to be poured out on those around us.