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Would you love me a little?

Pastor Lee Zabrocki

Resurrection Lutheran Church |180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake

Tommy was a four-year-old little boy. He had no caring parents, came from the slums, and was taken to an orphanage. The first night was quite an experience. When bedtime came, after the first bath he had had in some time, the matron took him to a bed with clean white sheets. 

He said, “Do you want me to get in there?”

After tucking him in, the matron reached down and kissed him goodnight. 

“What did you do that for?” he said and rubbed off the kiss.

The next morning, when he saw the lady who put him to bed, he said, “Would you mind doing that again…what you did last night?”

He had never been kissed before. It did something to him that warmed him inside. In about a week’s time the matron said the boy was coming around three or four times a day. He’d look up at her with a soft look on his face and say, “Would you love me a little?” 

After some time, it was felt Tommy was ready for adoption. One day he was brought into a room to meet a man and woman. The matron asked Tommy if he would like to go home with the woman. Tommy looked at the floor and didn’t say anything.

The lady said, “I’ll give you a rocking horse and all sorts of play things.” She kept talking, trying to tell him how nice it would be at their home.

After a bit, Tommy looked up at her and said, “Would you love me a little?”

In the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul said, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps  no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

I asked Jesus, “How much do you love me?”

He answered with arms outstretched on the cross, “This is how much I love you!”

1 Corinthians 13 is Jesus’ love inside of you. It is love that everyone is seeking. It’s love that your children want. It’s love that your spouse wants. It’s love that your fellow Christians want from you and that unbelievers need from you.

Let’s give love out today to everyone we can. Let’s love non-Christians to Jesus. Yes let’s love Jesus more right now. He who first loved us. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

We have received love from Jesus. Let’s enjoy love now and let’s give love away!

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