Preaching Resources

6th Sunday of Easter – May 9, 2021

Assigned Lessons:

Acts 10:44-48
I John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

 

To Be At Home in God’s Love

To say that you abide in an abode is another way of saying that you live in a house.   My home is a place where I know that I can simply be me. Not that my pastoral presence is that much different, but home is where I don’t feel I need to wear a tie. It is a place that I can relax.

To say that you abide in an abode is like saying that you live in a house.  9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.  Abide is not a word that we use very often in our language today. It means to allow God’s love to come and dwell, to live within our hearts and our lives. This means to allow God’s love to take up residence in your life.

To carry this forward, to allow God’s love to dwell in you is to give expression to the fact that God’s love is better than anything.  Love is better than:

Hate
Disgust
Animosity
Distaste
Loathing
Detesting others
Despising others
Jealousy
Suspicion
Resentment
Meanness
Distrust
Possessiveness
Protectiveness
Being greedy
Materialism
Selfishness
Stinginess
Coveting Others
Gluttony
Being overly proud or conceited
Being vain
Uncaring
Apathy
Being indifferent
Laziness
Boredom
Boastfulness

It is so easy to allow any of these emotions to come and make a home in our lives, but love is better than any of that.

When we are filled with self-doubt and in the grip of feeling low, remind yourself that love always wins.

God’s love is stamped deep within each of us, it lives there. Let God’s love abide in you, and you will lack for nothing.

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