Serving in God’s Love

John 15: 9-11
Acts 15:7-21 / Ps 96:1-2,2-3,10

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
(John 15:9)

How can we give back to the Father
For giving us Jesus, His Son?
Only by His love as we gather
Our people together as one.

Jesus said, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11)

Reflection

Have you ever wondered what motivated all the saints and martyrs to dedicate their lives to the point of death for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel? In the face of persecution, they seemed to be in a state of immeasurable joy. Instead of fear for their imminent death, they welcomed it like a loving friend. It was simply God’s love, the love that conquers all. Since they had all been true to God’s commandments, and remained in Christ’s love, they were all immersed completely in His joy, displacing all fears, doubts and even physical pains. Even death had lost its sting, because they considered it the doorway to eternal bliss in the Father’s kingdom.

The kind of love that our Lord Jesus speaks of is a special grace that the Father gives only to those who are steadfast in their obedience and in their faith. We can never outdo God in love because His love is without measure. Our love for others is merely a reflection of God’s love, and a natural response to his boundless compassion and mercy. We simply cannot help but give what we have already received.

When a brother in Christ and a partner in mission from Ligaya ng Panginoon came to ask for our chapter’s help in conducting a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) for 100 police trainees in their camp, there were many reasons why we could not refuse the offer. First of all, evangelization is our common mission – to bring Christ to our future crime fighters, and to conquer their hearts for Him. Second, it was but natural to extend a helping hand to a group that in their zeal for the Lord had taken on more than they could handle. (Ligaya ng Panginoon was conducting two other seminars for another 200 police cadets.) This was an opportunity to exercise love by sacrificing our week-end in handling this seminar, as well as our funds which we had planned to use for our upcoming Brotherhood’s Christian Life Program early this June. We would just have to rely on our members’ generosity again. Most important reason of all, we realized that this turn of events did not happen by chance, but was God’s call to arms to engage in a major spiritual battle. Obeying His will is remaining in His love!

St. Paul tells us that there is always reason for serving without counting the cost, since God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us (Rom.5:5). Being involved in developing the faith of our police cadets, and the formation of their values is following Jesus’ will for us to love others as He has loved us. True love is sacrificial. There is no greater proof of love than sacrificing one’s time, effort and resources for the sake of our country’s future. Jesus proved his love for us by humbling Himself, becoming human, and even dying painfully as a sacrifice for our sins. How else can we reciprocate that love?

Lord, inflame our hearts to serve with love You and our beloved country. May our sacrifices in mission and community building be worthy of Your great love. Amen.

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