REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK
“Love is a one way traffic”
Love is essentially the gift of oneself to another. Love is not the result of instinct but rather it involves a conscious effort and choice of the will directing us to make a gift of ourselves to others.
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke’s Gospel Chapter 10 verses 25 – 27, an expert in the law asked Jesus this, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Well, Jesus answered him with a question, “What is written in the Law” And, “how do you read it?” The expert in the Law answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbour as yourself.”
The truth of the matter is that most of us often do not know how to love our neighbour, or rather, what it means to love one’s neighbour. We think that we love others when in fact we really love ourselves.
From that parable, we learn that, Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right. Also, that Love means acting to meet the person’s need and that our neighbour is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need.
Beloved, Love is a one-way street. It always moves away from ourselves in the direction of others. And, this is why, each time you use something or someone for your own selfish ends, you cease to love, because your love has ceased giving. It means you are moving in the wrong direction of a one way street. Those who loves most fully are those who gives themselves most completely. If you are all out for what you can get, you do not love. Remember, that true love demands unqualified self-giving. And, as soon as you stop giving you stop loving. When you stop loving you stop growing and unless you grow you will never attain personal fulfilment.
I pray that your Love and loving, will lead you to God. Through your love, I pray that you will encounter God, in the name of Jesus.
Have a great week. With blessings,
Venerable Prebendary Tunde Roberts