i’m getting ready to preach this morning. the topic is love. probably one of the most popular sermon topics preached around the world today. i wouldn’t have chose it, but since i’m preaching through the book of 1 john, it comes up pretty regularly.
i always get the feeling that when i teach about love, people are saying in the back of their minds, “yeah, yeah, yeah…i’ve heard this a bizillion times…tell me something i don’t know.” i’m not so sure i don’t feel the same way most of the time.
the problem is, no matter how many times i have preached and taught on love, i know that i still struggle with it. i can’t even comprehend the love of god, let alone imitate it! when i am commanded to love my brother, i’m generally ok with that, as long as there is some kind of reciprocation. when i am rejected, ignored, gossiped about, turned on, lied to, withheld from, slandered, judged, hurt, disregarded, …well, that’s another story.
my prayer today is that even if nobody else listens to my sermon, i will.