We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. (1 John 3:14)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Love is life. To not love is death. Love produces life! Out of His love the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the One God, created everything. They gifted all that is to us. That’s love. Hate produces death—murder, anger, rivalry, jealousy. Holding back love from someone means they die, spiritually or physically.
“God would not have the sinner die” (LSB 571:3). He wouldn’t have you die. He would die for you. That’s His love—to give you life. He poured out His blood for you. He received mocking, hatred, sin for you—your mocking, hating, and sinning! In His blood is forgiveness, in His death is life, and in His life again is eternal life. All for you.
He showers His love upon us again and again and again. You were baptized into His love. You hear His love in the Absolution: “I forgive you.” You eat and drink of His love—His Body and His Blood that He gave and shed for you.
God’s love flows through you. His love flows out from you to all those around you. He would have them receive His love and care through you: forgiveness, kindness, love for whomever you meet, whatever their name, no matter what they’ve done. Maybe even food or clothes, or whatever they might need for this body and life. If you withhold Jesus’ love from them they’ll die, be hungry, be naked, be lost in sadness, sorrow, guilt, and loneliness.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). For you, for me, for everyone in our live, Jesus laid down His life. He took it back again. That’s love, which is life for you, for me, for all now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Lord of all nations, grant me grace To love all people, ev’ry race; And in each person may I see My kindred, loved, redeemed by Thee. (LSB 844:1)