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John 14:15-18 – If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (NIV)
In our home, Sunday evening is movie night. We open our home to anyone who would like to come for fellowship and to enjoy a movie. Recently, we watched a film entitled, "P.S. I Love You."
The story is about a young married couple who are deeply in love. Tragically, the husband dies from a brain tumour after only ten years of marriage. His wife is devastated. She is confused and lonely, purposeless and afraid. She locks herself in their apartment, refuses to return phone calls, and is unable to move on with her life.
Her husband, before his death, realized that all of these emotions and difficulties would beset her once she was left alone. Being a wise and loving husband, he thus hatched a plan. He took the time to write his beloved a number of letters. He then entrusted these to his mother-in-law to deliver at certain times and in certain ways. In these letters, he addressed the feelings his wife would be dealing with, and also left explicit instructions for her to follow. Because she loved and trusted him, she did as each letter asked, and gradually moved away from her grief and confusion back into a full life. At the end of each letter, her husband always concluded, "P.S. I love you."
As I viewed this movie, I could not help but consider the love and concern Jesus had for His disciples before His death. He knew how lonely, confused, frightened, and purposeless they were going to feel after He was crucified. He knew they would run and hide and withdraw into themselves, simply not knowing how to go on without Him. Jesus therefore took the time to speak to His followers about the Holy Spirit, who would come and live within them. Yes, Jesus would come to them in this Spirit; He would not leave them as orphans. And in His coming, as His disciples obeyed the leading and truth that the Spirit revealed to them, they would constantly be reminded of Christ's love for them. In effect, the Spirit is, in many ways, God's way of saying to Christians, day by day, "P.S. I love you!"
When the Spirit leads a friend to help us up when we are down, God is encouraging us to remember, "P.S. I love you!"
When our eyes are drawn to the beauty of nature which surrounds us and our hearts are blessed by the glories of the heavens, remember, "P.S. I love you!"
When we lie upon our sick beds and feel the warmth and presence of the unseen Spirit close to us, remember, "P.S. I love you!"
When we obey God's Word and the teachings of Christ, and His peace fills our hearts with joy, remember, "P.S. I love you!"
Christ is always with us through His Spirit, who draws us out of ourselves and carries us through the grief and sorrow, the loneliness and confusion of this world, and all it can hurl at us. His Spirit reminds us daily as we seek to love and obey Him, "P.S. I love you!" And when we know we are loved so dearly, we, like the early disciples, will always have the strength to move ahead and live life to its fullest.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a great and glorious God You are! How marvellous is Your lovingkindness, which never fails nor ends. Thank You so much for Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. May our hearts and minds and wills be open to the truth and guidance You seek to bring within us this day, that our lives might indeed be abundant and full in Christ. Amen.