Weekend – Christlike Love
By Todd Poppell
For the last few weeks I have slowly made my way through one of Victor Hugo’s most famous literary pieces, “Les Misérables.” Set in the 1800’s during the French Revolution, the story is a redemption tale of an ex−convict, Jean Valjean. Being a man of hate, rage, scorn, and disdain for the world, his story is dramatically changed by one man, a compassionate and benevolent priest, named Bishop Myriel. Words of love shared by the Bishop alter Valjean’s purpose in life.
Myriel was different than every other townsperson when it came to loving this wayward sojourner. When everyone else showed disgust and rejection, he showed love. I know that loving the un−loveable is a difficult task. There may be people in your life today who make it difficult to show love to, but may I remind you that the first Fruit of the Spirit of God is love. That is what we are called to do. The rest of Hugo’s book, all 1,500 pages, tell the transformed story of a life lived to help and honor others, all because of one man who loved like Jesus loved.
Today, read John 15:12-17, and let the words of loving others settle into your hearts and minds. It is easy to love the loveable, but Jesus commands us to do more than that. Who will you love today?
Prepare for Worship
As you prepare your heart for worship Sunday morning read Psalm 141.