Based on the gospel of John 13:31-35

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As people who live in the world, most of us hear lots of "stuff." We hear the anxieties that our families, church members and friends express. I never cease to be amazed by some of the conversations to which I'm privy.

In his book, "The Love That Will Not Let You Go," the Rev. Dr. Douglas Heidt shares the following: He said, "One of my favorite Peanuts cartoons shows Lucy looking out the window at the rain, worried about a worldwide flood. Linus, looking very wise, as usual, quotes Genesis 9, where God promised Noah that the flood will never happen again, and that the rainbow is the sign of the promise. Lucy responds, 'You've taken a great load off my mind!' Linus responds, 'Sound theology has a way of doing that.'"

Dr. Heidt goes on to say, "The realization of God's universal, eternal love for all humankind will take a load off a lot of minds ... It's good news. Sound theology puts love above any system we can extrapolate from scripture. Because God is love, all our talk about God should be about love, rather than threats or fear about going to 'hell,' it should truly take a load off our minds, and give peace to our troubled hearts. We should instead 'put our energy into living the life of Jesus, the life of love, as a servant to the world here and now...'"

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