At St Saviour’s we have been looking at “love one another.”
During a worship time I got a picture of an atom. Inside the atom there were protons and neutrons, stuck together.
Protons are positive, and having the same charge as each, means that they should repel each other. If it were not for what is called the “strong force” the atom would not exist.
The number of protons in an atom defines its nature. If protons could come and go the nature of the material would change.
Neutrons on the other hand are neutral, meaning they are neither positive or negative, although they change the weight of the material, they don’t change it’s fundamental characteristics.
I felt God was saying that this is what our church is like.
People come and go, are positive or neutral, and that changes the church’s nature.
Some people are positive with personalities that might not necessarily go with each other, but with a strong force, which is God’s love, they are held together.
If you want to affect the nature of a church you have to be positive.
In our positiveness we are held together by God, His love, and our love for each other, even if we might naturally be repelled by somebody else’s positivity.
God’s Love gives His church a stable nature.
You may know that atoms also have electrons and these are negative parts of the atom. I’m not sure if God brought these to mind or if it was just my head knowledge, and they weren’t in my picture. (That would actually be quite typical of an electron!)
But as a scientist I know that electrons are negative, they aren’t in the centre, they aren’t held by the strong force, and scientists never quite know where they are at any one time.
Be part of the church in a positive way, affect its nature, be held together by loving one another with God’s Strong Force of Love.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV