As Christians it should be our mission to follow the commandments of God and be obedient to Him. In many instances we do not even hesitate to do the things that God has directed us to do, but then there are times when we must intentional about the things The Lord has asked us to do. Jesus reminds us the greatest commandment is that we love The Lord God with all of our hearts, souls, and strength, and the second is like it that we would love our neighbors as we love ourselves. In trying to live out this commandment we should remember, there are times our neighbors can be difficult to love, but we still must love them unconditionally. Jesus also reminds us that, greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. I encourage you today to show that greater love and to be a genuine friend to those The Lord has placed in your life. Jesus laid down His life for us, and we should never forget the sacrifice He gave for us. As you are preparing for worship today remember the sacrifice Christ made for you. As you come to the Communion table, remember the ultimate gift of life He gave you when He went to Calvary. Remember as you are preparing your hearts to partake in the Lord's Supper, the reason Christ went to cross and suffered, bled and died was because He loved you so much He gave His life for you. When we share in Communion with each other we should always remember it was the love of Christ that allowed me to be here. It was the love of Christ that saved me and raised me. It is because of the love of Christ you get up every morning, and because He loves you so much He gave His life in exchange for yours. Now that's love. I thank God for the love He showed me on the cross, and because of His great sacrifice for me I know, "It's My Year To Get My Thing From My God!"
Thank you for showing me what true love really looks like as you laid your life down for me and then called me your friend. Allow me to share your love with others in thoughts, words, and deeds. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY