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Love, Love, Love

This is what I preached on Sunday, April 22 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text was the second lesson, 1 John 3:16-24

Last week we talked about being witnesses by verbally sharing our faith. This week, we celebrate Jesus the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. The reading from 1 John can be summed up in one word: click here. Yes, that's right--love. Today’s emphasis is on the importance of actions over words. 

In today’s reading from 1 John, we see love exemplified, love enacted and love rewarded.
Concerning love exemplified, John writes, “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love…” (v. 16). What is the “this?” It is the love that was demonstrated by and has its model in Jesus, who sacrificed his life for us. He loved others to “completion” or “perfection” in his decision to sacrifice himself on behalf of others. Jesus is the One held up as the great exemplifier of love. In the gospel reading, Jesus speaks of laying down his life for his sheep. O…