John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.
You kids, stop fighting! I don't know why you can't get along. If you loved me, you wouldn't fight like that. Say you're sorry, now shake hands. We teach our children many things, we train them in what's right and wrong, and school them on how to get along. And generally they do what we require, if for no other reason than the fear of punishment. That's the way the law works, it can show us our sins, it can restrain us from evil, it can teach us the things that are good, and it can show us why we need a savior. But there is one thing that the law cannot do, the law cannot show me how to love my brother, or my neighbor.
Somehow we have come to a time, when many believe that you can teach morality, without teaching about God. You can say, do this. You can say, this is what we expect. You can say, this is how we get along. But of all the things such a morality can say, they one thing it cannot answer is the fundamental question - Why? Why should I listen? Why should I care? Why can't I do what I want to do? A godless morality cannot answer these things, because the answer to all the questions of why is found in the Love of God which we have come to know in Jesus Christ.
Itís a hard thing to talk about, because the word we use has been so corrupted that many never hear. Love and sex are not the same thing. The difference is profound. One is selfless, the other is selfish. We learn the difference when we learn about God - because God loves us, God saves us. Because God loves us, God will sacrifice to save us.
There is a lot we just don't know about God. We may never understand the mystery of the Trinity, but our text gives us a hint as to the nature of the love that God has for us, it shows us how love transforms. The secret is in the words: " As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; " When Jesus leaves heaven, to be born, to suffer and to die to save us - he is not doing it simply because he was told to - he is doing it because the Father has loved him, and having known that love, Jesus follows in his father's example.
We may never know how the father has loved the son, but we do know how the son has loved us, for he gave his life to save us, and by his death and resurrection he has given us life, and hope in the forgiveness of sins, and the promise of the resurrection. Jesus saving love transforms us, not only does it wash away our sins, but it makes us a new creation. Jesus encourages us to abide in his saving love.
When we know the love of God in Jesus Christ that has forgiven our sins, it changes us, and it helps us to love with a saving love - a love that brings others to come to know the love of God which is ours in Jesus Christ.