“My Command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
John 15:12 (NIV)
I woke up early this morning. The birds were loudly singing their hearts out at 4:20am – and once I’m awake I always find that it’s hard to go back to sleep. I’m more of a lark than an owl.
I’ve decided that I need a cup of tea before settling down to prayer and pop the radio on while the kettle boils. Today is Friday 24 June 2016 and there is only one item of news. Counting is continuing, but the outlook is already clear. Britain has voted to leave the EU.
This has been a passionate debate. Tempers have flared. Nasty exchanges have taken place. Some politicians are watching their careers vanish overnight whilst others feel top of the world. Amongst my friends and colleagues there are strong opinions for both sides.
So what next? If we are all honest…well, we don’t know. The debate, perhaps, has only just begun. As a Christian I ponder other things. What is God’s view on this?
There is nothing in the Bible to guide me on whether “Brexit” is better or worse for Britain. Yet, God does tell me what I should always aim for in my life. To seek love. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
I must build love. For those who are on my side of the argument – and for those on the other side. I must seek to understand why many voted to “Leave” and why others voted to “Remain,” for in doing so I will understand the problems and issues in their lives that they hoped to resolve.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Whatever side of the argument you were on—whether your view won or lost—reach out to those in the other camp. For in doing so, we proclaim the good news about Jesus, the true Lord and Saviour of all mankind.
In the great scheme of things, the British European Referendum on the European Union will fade into history. Yet, love existed before the creation (“you loved me before the creation of the world” says Jesus in John 17:24) and will continue into eternity, long after this current age has ended.
Let’s build love. For love will never fail.
Dear Father, let your love shine through us. Let your love shine to our enemies as well as our friends. We thank you for the greatest demonstration of your love – Christ on the Cross, saving us all. In Jesus’ name we ask for this greatest gift of all.
Study by Ian Woodley, Nottingham Grace Communion
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