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6/4/18 3:168.7 The Power of Love (1 John 3:16), part 1
The comic strip, “Peanuts,” has been in newspapers for years- technically for decades. Of course, being from Minnesota, we know Charles Schulz, the author of that delightful comic strip and a Minnesota native, actually passed away some time back, but the comic strip was so powerful and amusing that newspapers have simply continually reran the comics of the past.
In one of “Peanuts” comic strips, Lucy says to Schroeder (the boy she’s hopelessly in love with) “Guess what... If you don’t tell me that you love me… you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to hold my breath until I pass out!”
Looking up from his piano, Schroeder says, “Breath-holding in children is an interesting phenomenon. It could indicate a metabolic disorder. A forty-milligram dose of Vitamin B6 twice a day might be helpful. I think that’s probably it... You need Vitamin B6. You might also consider eating more bananas, avocados, and beef liver...”
As he goes back to his piano, Lucy sighs, “I ask for love, and all I get is beef liver!”
Love is a powerful need in people’s lives! – I am convinced that the people of our country need to figure out how to live out love in a much better way and furthermore I am convinced the Church – capital “C” church needs to lead the way in this matter.
This is now week eight of our 316 series. Of course as I’ve said early, in every message, since the beginning – we began this series in John 3:16 and since then we’ve been in places like Exodus, Acts, Ephesian, Daniel, 1 Corinthians and 2 Timothy looking at what we might learn from the 3:16’s found there. It has been an interesting, learning and, somewhat fun, journey for me and I hope for you as well.
Let’s take a look at this week’s 316, 1 John 3:16, and as usual, we will also be looking to keep it in context, by looking at a few of the verses around it as well.
1 John 3:11-18 “This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” NIV.
Back in the mid-70’s one psychiatrist wrote: “In my practice at the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic, people sometimes ask me what psychiatry is all about. To me, the answer is increasingly clear. Almost every emotional problem can be summed up in one particular bit of behavior: It’s a person walking around screaming, ‘For pity’s sake, love me. Love me, that’s all.’ They go through a million different manipulations to get somebody to simply love them.”
That right there, expressed in what the psychiatrist wrote, was the very need, that motivated God to send His Son to the cross: John 3:16 tells us: “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” NIV.
Listen friends, God knew we needed to hear someone say, “I love you!”
Medication: A Merry Heart
A Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest met at the town's annual picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.
“This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you're missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to breakdown and try it?”
The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, "At your wedding."
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
Verse of the Week: Exodus 20:7
Today’s readings: Proverbs 4– 6