August 28, 2011

“Do you love me?” I asked my mom when I was 5 years old. “Oh, yes of course.” She quickly responded. I knew that she did, but it felt really good to hear it. The fact was that in my mind I was convinced that she loved me more than anyone on the planet! Wanting to prove my point, I aimed my sights high and asked another question “Do you love me more than Dad?” she responded as kindly as she could, “No.” I quickly backed up and aimed lower. Thinking of my seven brothers and sisters I asked, “You love me more than the rest of them right?” She shocked me when she said, “No, I love you all the same.” How can you love people all the same? It’s a lesson I would learn later when I became a father. How can I love more than one person with all my heart? I loved my firstborn with all my heart, and my second, my third, my fourth, my fifth, and my sixth! How can I love them all the same? There is only one answer. The love we give to others isn’t drawn from the reservoir of our own heart … it flows from the heart of God. As John the beloved declared twice in his first epistle, “God is love.” He is always the initiator … especially of love. “We love Him because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19 … Selah

-Pastor Joe McCormick

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