Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Since Satur­day evening you will have seen these words on posters sur­round­ing Lon­don Bridge – Turn to Love…Love Will Win – usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by flow­ers for those who died and were in­jured in the ter­ri­ble ter­ror­ist atroc­i­ties.

What with the pre­vi­ous at­tack on West­min­ster Bridge, the bomb­ing at Manch­ester Arena, as well as in Kabul and other places, our world seems an­gry and out of con­trol.

“Turn to Love…Love Will Win,” and that is ex­actly right.

Je­sus has been en­cour­ag­ing us to live by love for over 2,000 years.

When one of the Jewish ex­perts in the law tested Je­sus by ask­ing which is the great­est com­mand­ment in the law, Je­sus replied: “Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and the sec­ond is like it: Love your neigh­bour as your­self. All the law and the prophets hang on these two com­mand­ments.” Matthew 22: 35-39.

On Sunday in church we cel­e­brated Pen­te­cost, the com­ing of the Holy Spirit to Je­sus’ dis­ci­ples, who re­ceived power to wit­ness to Je­sus Christ and God’s love for the world.

Hav­ing the spirit in our lives en­ables us to be guided, bring­ing com­fort, be­ing cor­rected and en­cour­aged as well as of­fer­ing us help. And the fruit of the spirit, the char­ac­ter­is­tics and qual­i­ties the spirit en­cour­ages us to dis­play in our daily lives are: love, joy, peace, pa­tience, kind­ness, good­ness, gen­tle­ness, hu­mil­ity, faith­ful­ness and self-con­trol.

Now this is a pretty big ask. But this is the way that each of us can play our part in fight­ing the wrongs in our world to­day.

If each of us were to try to show love, bring peace, be pa­tient, dis­play kind­ness, good­ness, gen­tle­ness, hu­mil­ity, faith­ful­ness and self­con­trol the world could be full of joy and a much bet­ter place to live, al­most heav­enly.

Many of us can of­ten feel help­less when ter­ror­ist and evil things hap­pen in our world but there is some­thing we all can do to change this, we can work at show­ing the fruit of the spirit ev­ery day. “Turn to Love…Love Will Win!” Each of us can make a dif­fer­ence. Rev San­dra Boyd King’s Park Par­ish Church

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