In a year that has been filled with the opposite of love isn’t ironic that the theme of love keeps cropping up. Earlier we saw what the apostle Paul had to say about love and today we see some of what Jesus had to say about love. When Jesus said love your enemies and pray for those who persecute it went against everything that the world of his taught. The world of his day taught people to hate their enemies and seek vengeance against those who persecuted them. Today’s society teaches the same thing. Don’t love your enemy seek to destroy your enemy. Don’t pray for those who persecute you instead seek vengeance and try to get even with those who wrong you and persecute you. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was he replied in this way: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-49 NIV). Jesus taught and believed that love was more important than any sacrifice that could be offered, because without love for both God and others that sacrifice was worthless. Jesus proved the power of love when he willing went to the cross and died to free you and me from the sin debt we owed. Remember as this year comes to a close and next year begins to show the world that we as children of God are not a people of hatred and vengeance, but are instead a people of love and forgiveness who are willing to reach across social , political, economic and racial lines to love people as Jesus loved people.