The Most Excellent Way : Love is Essential | 11.02.’24

Welcome to “The Most Excellent Way: Week 1 – Love is Essential”!

Unlocking the Power of Love: The Most Excellent Way.

In a world often marred by trauma and despair, where stories of neglect and suffering abound, there shines a beacon of hope—a reminder of the transformative power of love. Join us on a journey inspired by the insights of child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry, as we explore the profound significance of love in the lives of those who have faced unimaginable horrors.

In his renowned work “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog,” Dr. Perry shares tales of resilience and redemption, offering glimpses into the lives of children scarred by adversity. Among these stories is that of Mama P., a woman whose unwavering love and compassion transformed the life of a traumatised foster child named Robert.

Through Mama P.’s nurturing embrace, Robert found solace and security, experiencing the healing power of love in the midst of his pain. Dr. Perry’s account of Mama P.’s selfless devotion serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact of love on the human spirit.

The Most Excellent Way of Love

Drawing from the timeless wisdom of 1 Corinthians 13, we embark on a journey to uncover the true essence of love. As the apostle Paul eloquently declares,

“If I have not love, I am nothing.”

In these words, we find a profound truth—that love is the very foundation of our existence, the essence of our humanity.

Join us as we delve into the depths of 1 Corinthians 13, unraveling its rich tapestry of love and discovering what it truly means to embody love in our daily lives. Through reflections on the stories of Mama P. and others like her, we seek to answer the age-old question: What is the Most Excellent Way? We are Unlocking the Power of Love: The Most Excellent Way.

Throughout the coming weeks, we will explore the transformative power of love and its profound implications for our lives. Together, we will journey towards a deeper understanding of love and its central role in our quest for spiritual growth and fulfillment.

So come, join us on this extraordinary adventure—a journey fueled by love, guided by compassion, and inspired by the boundless grace of a God who is love. Together, let us discover the most excellent way—the way of love.

You can also listen to Aaron Dowds’ latest message via Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Click the links below to find your way there:

Kirk Mallaburn’s Story

Following a life of crime and imprisonment, Kirk Mallaburn had an encounter with God which turned his life around. He tells The Rev. Kate Bottley how his life was saved by Jesus and what he is doing to help others. Click image above to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Daily Devotional Readings on Love

What truly matters is loving God and loving others, but how do we do that effectively? The truth is, we can’t love people well in our own power. But when we look to God and lay ourselves down in humility, we can live from God’s authentic and powerful love. Learn more about growing in love in this 5-day Bible Plan from Pastor Amy Groeschel.

Without question, what our world needs more than anything else is love. If people loved each other, really loved each other, there would be no more war, crime, abuse, injustice, poverty, hunger, homelessness, deprivation, or immorality. Love is the one ingredient that could revolutionize society. Love is the greatest quality of human life. Love is the supreme quality, the most excellent way for us to live. In this 7-day plan, explore the different aspects of love, including how to love others, remaining in Christ’s love, God’s agape love for us, and why love is greater than faith and hope.