- Fr. Howard Thompson
John 3:16 - God’s love for us - is undoubtedly one of the most quoted and favourite Bible passages for believers. It is difficult to fathom the depth of the unlimited love of God with our finite minds. It is perplexing to ponder how God could allow the unselfish sacrifice of His Son to be done for selfish people, many of whom find it difficult to believe in Him, or even exercise care and extend forgiveness as we should. But God’s manifestation of love is one that challenges us to grow and become better people. We can do this by measuring our actions with what is expected, based on I Cor. 13:4-6: * Love is patient and kind. Do we practice patience with those who are unkind? * It is not envious. Are we jealous and angry of others’ assets and/or relationships? * It is not boastful or proud. Do we understand that all that we have are gifts from God? * It is not rude or self-seeking. Do we instinctively attack others to get our own way? * It is not prone to anger. Do we allow anger to colour our words and actions of death? * It does not brood over injuries. Do we choose to ‘let go’ or ‘hold on’ to hurts done? * It does not rejoice in the wrong. Do we consciously discern right from wrong daily? * It rejoices with the truth. Do we celebrate our Lord’s unending love and mercy for us? May we strive to grow in our lives of real love that will please our resurrected Lord. Lord Jesus, as You have revealed Your perfect love for me, may Your Spirit fill me with Your power so that I may radiate selfless and authentic love to You, others and myself. Amen.