Dispensing Love John 13:1-17; 31-35

Dear friend in Christ.

Isn't it wonderful to awake in the morning with a song in our heart which at first we don't even realize that we are singing praises to our Creator and Redeemer!! By God's grace and favor I often find myself singing the hymns and songs that are embedded in my heart as the result of those who loved me and attempted to teach about the love of God through Jesus Christ. I often hear my wife whistling various hymns as she moves about our home in the peace of the Lord.

This morning the hymn To God Be The Glory was coming from within my soul, and especially the chorus which goes like this:

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Our text is from John's Gospel, from the 13th chapter which is about Jesus demonstrating in a very practical manner His servanthood in humility. He loved the world (ALL) and gave Himself for us, so that we would not die, but that we would live, Again there would be much to say, but it is not possible to expand too much on this wonderful example of the One who came to serve and not to be served. His love never quits.....

KJV John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

Love is both an emotion and an action, as is spelled out in John 3:16, In 1 Corinthians 13 we read of the following.....

ESV 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing.