Love Wins: a Reflection on Psalm 136, 2 Chronicles 24:17-22, Acts 6:1-7 and Acts 7:59-8:8
As we move toward the beginning of a new year, I celebrate with the psalmist that God’s steadfast love endures forever. I so need to be reminded of that. Circumstances do not endure forever. The sense of God’s absence cannot last forever. Nothing can endure forever except God’s love. Even evil cannot last forever. Evil is not an end. Evil is a means of God to accomplish his ends. Love wins. The early church is an example of love winning. Even in persecution, the church grew and its life in the Spirit increased. Leadership diversified between elders and deacons. Conversions and care increased. In fact, persecution became even more intense because the church grew. I confess how “off” I get when I lose sight of the purpose of the church and how we are to witness to the truth that love wins. Love wins. Let’s live the victory for the sake of others.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.