There’s Power in Love

The wedding season is in full swing. My favourite part of every wedding is as the bride enters and the groom turns around to get his first view of the bride who he will promise to love.  At the recent royal wedding the preacher reminded the watching nation of that wonderful verse from the Bible that is often read out at weddings.
‘Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love.’

Yet in the mess and muddle of life it can seem like wishful thinking to say God is Love. How can I be confident that at the heart of the universe there is love?

Love always takes the initiative, reaches out and takes a risk. As couples say in the wedding service ‘All that I am I give to you.’ In Jesus Christ God took the initiative.  We have found ourselves out in the cold from his love and life facing death, darkness and separation. But he loved us and reached down, becoming a man, God the Son taking human form, leaving the warm embrace of his Father’s presence in heaven to walk among us on the pages of History to die for us. The well-known hymn ‘How great thou art’ includes these words:
‘And when I think that God His Son not sparing, sent him to die- I scarce can take it in, that on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.’

Love is always willing to suffer, love is always self- giving and the Lord Jesus truly did give all that he was for the sentence that all us should bear.

At a wedding the couple hold hands and make their wedding promises to one another. The great promise of the Bible is that all who place their hands into the hands of the Lord Jesus and follow him receive life in the place of death, relationship in the place of separation, and light in the place of darkness.

As the Bishop at Harry and Megan’s wedding said: ‘There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can.There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.’

Matt Rowland