LOVE – Matthew 22:34-39

LOVE – Matthew 22:34-39

A very good evening to you all. I am excited to share the word of God tonight just as much as I get excited when a rugby ball comes out for the first time in 2nd term.

Theres just an unspoken rule when someone pulls out a rugby ball. You don’t even need to ask someone to pass you the ball, you just hold up your hands and the ball gets tossed to you.

I will never forget my first experience coming to play rugby against Falcon College as a young man. I was 13 years old and I had heard so much about this school and my heart was very anxious as the bus pulled in to the school and I saw boys running on the fields in their blue kit warming up. We played our first game ever against Falcon and we lost 10-0. I went on to witness something very amazing that day. Something I have witnessed every time I have visited since then.

What was it? What was so noticeable that a little 13 year old boy could see and continued to see through my high school years and far in to my adult years after leaving school?

Matthew 22:34-39

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself”

So what did I see? I saw young men who loved their school with all their heart, with all their soul and all their mind. I saw young men loving their neighbour as themselves. Brotherly Love!

The brotherly love I witnessed is still going strong all these years. I began to ask God what was the secret behind this and I believe that God showed me one of the reasons why love exists so powerfully in this place and many of you are privileged to experience this love and contribute to this love but are unaware of how you are contributing to this love.

SO what has been done to cultivate such a culture of love? When someone comes in and sees students playing their hearts out on the field and cheering for one another and excelling in every area? How was this achieved? Pause….

TWO things.

FIRST – With our hands!

Yes, your hands!

Look at your hands.. Your hands have been instrumental in creating the kind of love that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 22 and you probably didn’t even realise it.


Some examples.

When you met your friends for the first time. Greeat them with a handshake

When you cheering at a compulsory, you clapping

When you win and award you clap

When someone scores a try, they use their hands

When someone scores a try, we lift out hands

When we standing together in a huddle, our hands are supporting each other on our shoulders

When we greet someone, our hand reaches up to lift off our hat

When someone falls, we stretch our hand to lift them up

When someone fails, our hands reach out to embrace them.

Our hands are powerful, far more than we can imagine. When you were born, hands were your first point of contact with your parents. It is the hands that get the first option to receive love.

When you fall in love with someone, you display that love by holding hands with them and when you get married, the hands exchange the rings and the symbol of love gets displayed on them.

Imagine we didn’t clap when we watched a rugby match or when someone won an award? There would be an emptiness.

The love that gets demonstrated in this place is primarily a result of the use of your hands.

The 2nd thing is your VOICE

A survey was done in the American army and the question was asked to each soldier individually, “would you die for one of your colleagues?” Do you know what their answer was… (pause) … Yes… then the next question they asked was “Why?”………what do you think they said that ..pause… “I would die for him, because he would die for me!”

What makes this place unique is that I see a place where you are prepared to put in your everything for your friend because you know and you believe that he will do the same for you. You will put your body on the line because you know your mate will do the same. You will take the blame in class when your friend has misbehaved because you know he will do the same for you.. at least you hope he will..

The culture of love that is present here is attractive. When people leave, they think to themselves, I wish I could have more of that and I would like to send my child there. This is the same kind of love that Jesus spoke of. When someone sees your life, outside of the Falcon environment, do they see you using your hands for good? Do they see you applauding good achievements and lifting your hat to greet? Do they see you reaching out to help someone in need or congratulating them when they’ve done well.

Friends, the world needs more people to LOVE. What you have learnt here, the world needs. The world needs your love and support. The world needs your hands to contribute to a brighter tomorrow. Your hands will be pivotal in the design of inventions and the saving of lives. Maybe some of you will become doctors and your hands will be used as a surgeon to save lives, maybe some of you will become physiotherapists and your hands will be used to help people who are injured. Maybe some of you will become chefs and your hands will be used to feed people. Friends, the bible promises that the Lord will bless the work of your hands. How will your hands be used to make a difference in someones life.

The world needs LOVE and ACCEPTANCE. Nobody wants to be left out. As much as we enjoy receiving love, we must be sensitive to give love. Not everyone is going to be a hero on the rugby field. The same love and recognition that Rugby players get must be the same recognition we give volleyball players or the chess team. Let us love our neighbour as ourself.


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