Sermon: “Love that Makes a Difference”
Theme: Our knowledge of God and God’s law gives us a lamp that shines brighter as we encounter hostility and conflicts.
Purpose: Congregation members will focus on letting go of grievances in order to be part of God’s work of renewal in the world around them.
Scriptures: Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 Do not fret about the evil doers but allow the law of God to become your refuge.
Luke 6:27-38 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, do not practice judgment.
How can we possibly authentically learn to love our enemies and do good to the people who hate us? How do we find freedom from our resentments, suspicions, and fears of people who have hurt us in the past? What does it really mean to have relationships of practicing Jesus’ love for people we don’t like? In what ways does the love of Christ by-pass our feelings and open abilities to live in grace and freedom rather than being driven by our fears and other emotions? How do we work to make this a reality in our daily lives?