"Pass It On!" (1 Thessalonians 2:1-1:8, Matthew 22:34-46)Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, October 25, 2020
Part of the Pentecost series, preached at a Pentecost service
The key problem in interpreting this double commandment for our time is that we lose sight of the biblical meaning of love. Our culture has equated love with intense emotion. To love is a stronger response than to like. And, both are measures of a passive response to something outside us. But, biblical love is not passive and it is not strictly emotional. In the Old Testament, there are references to many kinds of love, but the love referred to here by Jesus is the love of Deuteronomy 6:5, the love of Yahweh. This love is far from passive. It is the active response of the faithful person to the love of God. God's love is also active.
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