I’m impressed with Selwyn’s conclusion because it expresses clearly the idea that God’s love is always beneficial.
“If we give love and people receive it, then good. If they don’t take it, it is still good. Heads we win, tails we also win. The loving person always wins, for he or she becomes more loving in giving out love, even if the other person doesn’t accept it. ‘Love never fails.’ It never fails to enrich the giver, for the more love he or she gives, the more love they can receive, to give again.”
Two points stand out in my mind – the more we share God’s love with others the more of His love we are given to share – in this way, we grow. In Matthew 25:14-30, we have the Parable of the Talents, in verse 29 we read: “For everyone who has will be given more, and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what heÂ or she does have will be taken from them.’ Over the past few days Selwyn has been describing how important God’s love is – it’s the foundation stone which supports are relationship with Jesus – if we don’t use His love in our everyday walk – then we don’t have a relationship with God – simple – isn’t it?
The second point is this – we are called to love everyone – there are no exceptions! In Matthew 5: 43-48; Jesus says – Â ‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you. What reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers or sisters, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
As a summary -Â Â if weÂ depend on our own strength andÂ employ the best type of human love we can generate; we can never reach the point where we can truthfully say that we love our enemies – only God’s love can do this – and His love is a gift – and the more of it we use to give to others, multiplies the amount of His love flowing into us – how great is that?