Jonathan's Jottings

Thoughts from Emmanuel's Minister, Revd. Jonathan Froggatt.

Love in Action

                   Over the years of my ministry I must have conducted well over forty weddings. I always enjoy meeting the couple, talking with them and planning their marriage service. For each of them their wedding is a special day that has been looked forward to for months or even years. However, when the big day is over and the guests have dispersed, they go back to making their relationship work. This means putting love into action. This is exactly what Paul is describing in his letter to Corinth when he talks about love being patient, kind, protecting, trusting and hopeful. This is not an airy-fairy sentimental love; it is a love that is worked out in daily thoughtfulness, care and kindness. This links in with Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan. The Priest and the Levite looked at the injured man by the Jericho road and might even had some love and care for him. But it was the Samaritan who turned love into action.

                   That practical caring love has been a hallmark of Christians over the centuries. I have seen it vividly during this time of self- isolation when many friends and neighbours have been willing show love in many caring and thoughtful ways.

                   Overarching all our thoughts about love is the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He came to earth to reveal God’s love and his whole life and sacrificial death was an expression of love. We reflect on his words, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”

                   We give thanks to God for his gift of love to us and the joy we know through sharing that gift with others. We also rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the fruits of that work which so enrich our lives and the community of which we are a part.


Rev Jonathan Froggatt

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