Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:7-11
To reflect the image of God to the world, we must be a people who radiate the love of Jesus Christ, for love is the strategy of the Kingdom.
To be like Jesus we must love people unconditionally no matter what they are going through, and no matter what they are putting us through; for the profile of the Kingdom is the other cheek.
In the church's quest to advance the cause of Christ, demonstrate His Kingdom with power and bring solutions to the kingdoms of this world with the wisdom of Heaven, love must be the tactic of choice to accomplish this mission, for love never fails.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
The church must regain the sound the world heard on the Day of Pentecost.
A sound that transcends all culture, race, religious backgrounds, economic and educational levels. It was the sound of heaven speaking unconditional love to whosoever will.
It is a sound that causes the lost to run to Jesus rather than the religious noise, rhetoric and rules that push them away.
We are to be a light that shines drawing them out of darkness, not a light that blinds plunging them in deeper.
God's love is the power plant of the City on a Hill that cannot be hidden that flows from our Father in Heaven to us as His Ambassadors to planet Earth.
The church is in an hour where we need to cry out to God asking Him to create in us a new heart, the heart of the Father.
We need to ask for a heart that beats with unconditional love, a heart that accepts whosoever will, and a heart that is broken for the hurting and each other.
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6
That's the Kingdom perspective!
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 825 Ninth St. W., just across from Turner Donuts. Information: 941-776-0026. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday's Herald, written by local clergy members.