This Sunday is Pentecost in the Christian community. Some churches celebrate this day a great deal, others almost ignore it completely. When I turn the key to start my car, I don’t think much about it. I just expect the car to start and have the power to run down the road.
Jesus tells the apostles in Acts 1:8 that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, and then they will be witnesses of Him. In John 13:35 Jesus told the apostles that by this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. I believe that love and the power of the Holy Spirit are closely entwined. I think that love is the most important and powerful word in the English language.
Jesus was asked what was the most important commandment of the Law. He said that it was to love the Lord your God with, basically, everything that you are, and to love your neighbor as yourself. He said that on these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. If one could infer that the Old Testament, or the Law and the Prophets were written to the Israelites so they would know how and why they should live, then you could say that Jesus’ answer is “the meaning of life.”
It is important that you keep this love in order. First we must love God with all of our self. Somehow God changes us when we do that, just like when we “fall in love” with another person. The reason we do things changes. We would do “anything” for that other person. But this relationship is with God and not just with another person. Then we love our neighbor (others) with this new sense of love that we have for ourselves that God has given us.