Recently I visited the Kihei Lutheran Church in Maui,Hawaii. The pastor of this open air church was the Rev. David Krueger. I was quite impressed by his involvement of all the youth in his service. His sermon on compassion filtered out in all that was going on in the church from involvement with the youth, to collection for cancer, to picnics for community of believers. He introduced the sermon by saying have you heard the phrase, “If you love me, you’ll …………” This saying is of the world. If you love me, you’ll buy me this or that. Jesus never said if you love me you will do this or that for me. He never directed attention to his self.

Jesus did not have such conditional love. He called for an unconditional love. The pastor made reference to John 21: 15-19. He then said, “Jesus said if you care for me, go out, show compassion, take my love, the love you have for me and share with others. Unconditional love is always reaching out. Lord may we reach out today and everyday and share the love you have for us and share it with others. Amen!

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