Day 17 | Why Love? – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Sunday, October 17, 2021 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 13:34, A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Love is a feeling––and it is more than a feeling.

When the COVID vaccine became available, I signed up to receive it in February of 2021. As a pastor, I was given consideration as clergy/caregiver, in the group following first responders in priority. My motivation for getting vaccinated was love for others. 

Until today, many have refused the vaccines for a variety of reasons mainly revolving around politically motivated “personal freedom” and/or fear. Long before the present COVID pandemic, we faced many perils from other viruses, social problems, financial meltdowns, severe weather, and more. Facing difficulties with love for others in your heart is your best guide. Selfishness, listening to conspiracies, and making excuses mainly amounts to a lack of love.

Professional basketball player Kyrie Irving, who has refused the vaccination (as of this writing) wrote, “This is about my life and what I am choosing to do...” This is not a new mindset, not even during a public health crisis. My thoughts after reading 
Irving's statement, “I would not be in a good place today if the people who raised me and supported me over the years thought like this.”

I wish people everywhere would embrace Christ and be motivated by the love of God.

The Apostle John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

“Perfect love” is not love by your measure.  It is God's love and care for you––which is perfect. We carry that same love for others.

Reflection Questions:
1. What is love? 
2. Why is love the best motivator?

Action Items: