No Greater Love

20 05 2009

In recent weeks I have been reminded of love. It sounds crazy I know!! How can we ever forget about something that is so important to life, our relationships and an understanding of our purpose. My thoughts have been stirred through reading Mother Teresa’s book – No Greater Love.

 

The book contains reflections written by Mother Teresa on a range of concepts including Prayer, Giving, Poverty, Work & Forgiveness. Reading through her wisdom is inspirational, especially considering the life of the one who writes so clearly, honestly and to the point concerning such important issues for all humanity.

 

A number of gems jumped out at me as I read through her section on love.

 

“Jesus came into this world for one purpose. He came to give us the good news that God loves us, that God is love, that he loves You, and He loves me. How did Jesus love you and me? By giving His life.” 1

 

It is great to be reminded of the enormity of God’s love for us. The depth that he went to in demonstrating this love by becoming human, living on this earth and walking a life full of love. But not stopping there, continuing to demonstrate His amazing, sacrificial love through His death on the cross and His resurrection. Proving beyond a doubt that HE IS LOVE and that HE LOVES US!!!

 

Mother Teresa’s heart continues to shine as she almost pleads for us to love each other. She says, “This is all Jesus came to teach us: that God loves us, and that He wants us to love one another as He loves us.” 2 How can we not listen to someone who ‘walked the talk’ in her very life and actions? After all Jesus insisted that the greatest commandment was to love God and the second: to love our neighbour.

 

We need to be constantly reminding ourselves and others of the importance of love. We need to grow in our understanding of God’s love and in demonstrating love for each other. At times, I know I forget or don’t consider love in my actions. Mother Teresa suggests that, “what we need is to love without getting tired.” 3 A great challenge for us all!!

 

I will finish my thoughts with two quotes, one from Mother Teresa as an encouragement and one from Jesus as a reminder of His ultimate act of love. Let’s constantly revisit love!!

 

“Loving must be as normal to us as living and breathing, day after day until our death.” 4

 

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” 5

 

(1)  Mother Teresa, No Greater Love (Novato: New World Library), p. 21

(2)  Ibid, p. 29

(3)  Ibid, p. 22

(4)  Ibid, p. 23

(5)  John 15:13 , The Bible – NIV Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan)


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