Thought for the Week
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