Franklin United Methodist Church
Friday, October 30, 2020
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As I am writing it is a hot July day.  Summer is slowly passing us by.  It would be nice if COVID-19 would pass as quickly. The churches of Mountaintop Ministries are slowly returning to services.  Walnut St. has met the last two Sundays in the basement and Mt. Zion is meeting in their parking lot.    Main St. will meet this coming Sunday at 6:30 on the lawn out back of the parsonage.  It has been difficult returning with all the restrictions, but we need to be as careful as we can.  I believe we all have enjoyed seeing each other again, even with mask on.  God needs us to be the church more today than even yesterday.  There is so much unrest throughout our world.  I have a difficult time understanding the hate and violence people have toward one another.  Amid this how do we respond as the Church. 

“In 1John 4:11-Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are, we in this world.

 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

 19 We love because he first loved us.

 20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)”

 

Jesus Christ can change people’s hearts. 1 John tells us “if God so loved us, we need to love one another”.  “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8 ESV) As people who confess faith in Jesus Christ, we love others because God first loved us.   Loving others is not an option.  So, often we do not live what we confess.  However, our scripture teaches us that we cannot stand in church on Sunday and say we love God and then hate others.  If we cannot love others who we have seen, how can we love God whom we have not seen.  Accordingly, have we accepted the love of God and are we loving others as much as we love ourselves?  This is our commandment.

Almighty God, we thank you for your Word and how it speaks to us.  We are challenged everyday to love you and others.  Help us to grow in your love.  Be with all of us and those throughout the world who need your healing this day.  We lift the churches throughout the world to you. Please, give us souls for our labor.  It is in you God we place our hope. Amen.

Pastor Michael A. Loudermilk

July 8, 2020 

email: pastormikeloudermilk@gmail.com