Saturday, February 16, 2008

Loving Enemies

This Sunday we are going to be looking at Matthew 6:27-36. It is where Jesus calls on us to love our enemies. This is a challenging passage. On this weekend following Valentine's Day, it is easy to think about the romantic version of love expressed in roses and candy in heart shaped boxes. This passage calls us to something much grander. It calls us to the kind of love that is self giving and self sacrificng. It is the kind of love that Christ showed in his choice to take on a cross for those rejected him. It is the kind of love that makes a way for people like you and me to come to God in spite of our tendencies to be self-centered. It is also the kind of love that calls me to set outside of my comfort zone and easy relationship and love others in Christ's name. The question is whether we - whether I - will have the courage and faith to say yes.

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