1 John 4:20-21 The Message version of the Bible
20-21 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
1 Peter 4:8-11 The Message
7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus,
Google defines a meme as “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” I might describe a meme as “a little video, picture or phrase on social media that make a point or pokes fun at something – and gets passed around a lot.”
If your house is like our house – there are a lot of memes floating around. In all honesty, I try not to look at them, because the ones my kids think are funny don’t often make me laugh. Or I laugh and I shouldn’t, because they are not appropriate and my kids are showing me to get a rise out of me(one of the fatal mommy faux pas that come back and haunt you at a later time!!!!).
This week Kevin shared a meme that came across his social media. It was too good not to share. I have so many ways I would love to reflect on it, and yet I think the power of it is its simplicity and its truth.
I love you. You’re probably thinking I don’t know you, so how can I love you. Well, if people can hate for no reason, I can love. Meme
God, help me to love for no reason and for every reason. Help me to live as a reflection of your love. Help me to see you in everyone I meet and to work toward ending hatred in your good creation. Amen.
To Listen and Sing
This is someone’s choice of hymns that was sent to me when I asked what you would imagine Jesus singing. The words originate in scripture;1 Corinthians 13.