Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
Love One Another
Travel website Tripadvisor has a blog that lists twelve reasons why you will fall in love with Canada. Number 3 says, “Nova Scotia is a peninsula in the Atlantic with a rugged coastline dotted with fishing villages and harbours. In the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, you’ll find the historic Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Take in the sea air and watch the majestic Atlantic waves crash on the rocks. And when you build up an appetite, there’s no shortage of fresh seafood in the area. Lobster is Nova Scotia’s specialty.
Think of any part of Canada and something that region is known for will come to mind – to the point here, Nova Scotia is about lobster! What comes to mind first when you think of the word “Christian”? If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have one idea. Your non-Christian neighbour might have a different idea. It would be interesting to ask them sometime. The Bible is very clear about what ought to be the mark of the life of a Christian. The apostle deals with this head-on in 1 John 4:7-8: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The word “Christian” ought to elicit the response “they are people who love.” I know many followers of Jesus whose lives are marked by love, but sadly that is not how many non-Christian Canadians view us. We are called to love each other and others as Jesus has loved us. Why? Because God is love.
These have been words from the heart.