Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-5 (NIV)
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Responsive Reading: Living Faith 8.3
We bow before the mystery of God’s love.
From it came our creation.
By it we are daily nurtured.
Through it we find salvation.
A consuming fire of purity, God’s love
is yet warm and gentle compassion.
We respond to the God who is love
by loving in return.
Love means seeking the best for others
and is the mark of a Christian.
Love for God leads to love for others.
We cannot claim to love God, whom we do not see,
if we hate those about us, whom we do see.
Love of God and of neighbour fulfills the law of God.
Love is compassion for creation.
Love is the service of others and is not self-centred.
Love speaks the truth tempered with kindness.
Love grows in knowledge and discernment.
It is the road to Christian maturity, and is
the way of seeing others as God sees them.
Love follows the example of Jesus Christ.
We should also love ourselves.
Self-love is not selfishness.
We love and accept ourselves because
God has already loved and accepted us in Christ,
providing the foundation of our sense of worth.
Love is the greatest gift in the world
because it will last beyond this world
and is supremely pleasing to our Lord.
Love foreshadows life in heaven.