Monday after Holy Trinity

Text: 1 John 3:18-4:6

Prayer Pointers:

For believers to be guided by the Spirit of love

For scientists and all who test theories

One more time about Jesus as the linchpin, the fulcrum of our faith.

The writings of John, both Gospel and Epistles, emphasize the primacy of love in the life of the believer. Jesus instructs his disciples that their obedience to what he teaches is motivated by their love of him. In his letters, John urges the little communities under his care to love one another as kin, as blood relations, as elders and children do. The famous Church Father Jerome, writing in the early 400s AD, says that by the end of John’s life, as old age began to steal his energy and abilities, he would repeat a single sentence, over and over: “my dear children, love each other.” His disciples grew weary of this mantra and pressed the old man why he kept saying this again and again. Jerome writes he answered with a saying that summed up his whole ministry: “[i]t is the Lord’s command, so if that alone is done, it is enough.”

The logic is inescapable: The disciple whom Jesus loved spends his life learning and teaching others how to love rightly, how to love as his Lord loves. It is for this reason that John writes a dogmatic statement as an anchor, a solid foundation for this love: test what is said! Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in flesh is from God; any spirit that denies Jesus is not from God.

We love because he first loved us, loved us enough that the Beloved Son would leave the Father’s side to walk in flesh with us and share our sorrows, our joys, our life, and bring us to salvation. So let us love as he has asked.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

"Jesus, detail" photo courtesy of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.