• Luke Hamblett

What is love? I really hope someone is singing 'baby don't hurt me' in their head right now, but seriously, what is love? I think that we would all answer that question differently and it can be taken quite subjectively, love is a pretty personal thing after all.

It's quite interesting how quickly we can bound the term love around as well; 'I love that cake' or 'I love dogs'. But the most common one of all is probably 'I love you'. Sometimes I think that as a society we have watered down love, and just like the word hate it get's thrown out of our mouths quite quickly.

What does the Bible say about love? Well it's got quite a lot to say about it, but the most common verse that people will quote about love is:

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

Now when we apply that kind of context to the way we experience love in our world, our perception of love will really change. It makes me realise that as much as I might think that I do at times, I really don't love cake. The word love is a deep and powerful term that we should use carefully and correctly. In fact, if we really take a step backwards and look at that description of love in full then we can't possibly live up to that standard, we are human after all and we all make mistakes. The only being capable of living up to the standard of love described here is God himself, Father, Spirit and Son. I've seen a lot of people replace the word Love with God when teaching on this verse which helps you to really understand the character of God and the depth of His love for you. Through doing this we can reflect God's love out to others and strive to exhibit a glimmer of the love described in Corinthians.

I pray that we would all grasp the depth of love that God has for us and let it reflect out to other people in order to show them the love that God has for them too.

“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:3-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A few of us have been away at a conference this week, during the worship time today we sung out the lyrics “you’re the one who never leaves the one behind”. I’ve listened to that song hundreds of times and I’ve sung it out in church during worship so many times but today God pulled at something in my heart.

Earlier on in the week one of the hosts talked about this passage of scripture:

“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

‭‭John‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭NIV

It’s really hit me today that I’m God’s son, and I should be doing what he is doing. God doesn’t leave the one behind and neither should I. For a long time I have had friends and family that have rejected Jesus and I’ve realised that I’ve stopped talking to them about Him and I’ve kind of left it all up to God. Today I realised that if I really love them like the Shepherd loves His sheep then I should be running after them. Not in a strange way where I’m Bible bashing them but in a loving way, where I live alongside them, I show them God’s love through me and then when the day comes that they are found and come home to the flock I can rejoice with the Shepherd and everyone else.

I pray that we wouldn’t leave the one behind, that we would seek to find them no matter what and that our heart would be in line with God’s!

  • Luke Hamblett

A pivotal part of our faith is our testimony, God has done things in all of our lives and it’s really important that we share them with each other.

Its important for us to remember what God has done for ourselves, these memories remind us of aspects of God’s character and can often help us in times of need or struggle. Our good friend Jeremy Parkes from Living Hope Church shared with us not too long ago about keeping stones to remember key events and testimonies with God through his life.

From another angle it’s really important for us to share these things with others too, they could be part of the puzzle for someone to find salvation.

The first few verses in Luke say this:

“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We would love you to share what God has done in your life with us! If you’d like to share a blog post based on a testimony drop us a message or talk to one of the leaders on Sunday and they will direct you to the right place to get your post written up and published.

I pray that you’ll be bold in sharing your testimonies and that you will never forget what God has done in your life.