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Ron’s Reflections Does God Love Chips?

Over recent weeks at Freshwaters we have felt that God has been speaking to us about love, and in my talks on a Sunday morning I am intending to look at God’s love for us, our love for Him, our love for one another and our love for our neighbour. However, as I come to write this article I am well aware that in popular culture words can lose their significance because

they are just used too much. The word ‘love’ is one such example. How often do we hear ourselves, or others, say things such as ‘I love that programme; that dress; that picture’ or of course ‘I love chips’. Now even if we put aside for one minute the concept of God’s love, to equate our relationship with those closest to us with a fried potato is somewhat sad to say the least. Remembering all of those Rom Coms, where the couple can never quite summon up the courage to say ‘I love you’ – but would be quite happy to declare to all and sundry ‘I love chips’ - surely something must be wrong? Well I feel it is my duty as a Pastor to put to the test the notion that we can truly love chips. The Bible

gives a definition of love that you may well have heard – it is often quoted at wedding services and probably in a number of those Rom Coms. It comes from Chapter 13, verses 4 to 8, of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in the New Testament section of the Bible and reads :-

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!”

Now, other than having the patience to stand in the queue, I think it is probably quite difficult to relate the rest of that passage to a bag of chips. Then if we bring the concept of God’s love into the equation, the comparison becomes even more ridiculous. Chapter 3 of the Gospel John and verse 16 in the New Testament reads: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life”. It is this love of God - in sending Jesus - that is of course what we celebrate at Christmas. Then Jesus Himself says “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”

(John Chapter 15, verse 13) and that is exactly what He then went on to do, not a chip in site. Now returning to my opening question, ‘Does God love chips?’ I think it would be reasonable to

postulate that as we are made in God’s image, and such a large proportion of our population enjoy our chips, God likes chips – but love them, I don’t think so!

(All bible excerpts are taken from the New Living Translation) Ron Kingsmill – Pastor, Freshwaters Christian Fellowship

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