This past week we looked at the provocative and counter-intuitive teaching of Christ where he tells his followers to “go the extra mile,” “to turn the other cheek,” and “to give the cloak off of your back.” This is an attitude of extravagance, an attitude and action of grace that is undeserved. It’s a sacrificial generosity that goes beyond human attitude. This takes an obedience to the Holy Spirit of God that comes from supernatural power working in your life. But when you are wronged, ask yourself this question, “How would Christ respond to this wrong doing?” You then put that action into play in your life. Christ was God’s earthly demonstration of the love of God working on this earth. We strive to replicate that with our actions.
This Sunday we look at one of the hardest application sections of scripture that there is when Christ says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45) To go to the place of love in your heart for your enemies is completely counter-culture. To pray for those who persecute you is an action of Christ’s work in your life.
When Christ says something, we replicate that and go into action. We love because Christ first loved us. While we were sinners, Jesus loved us. He went to the cross. As he died he prayed for us, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” Talk about going the other direction and unleashing a love for those who persecute you! It doesn’t get any more counter-intuitive than that. We’ll be studying the challenge of Christ this week.
I’m looking forward to another great day of worship in God’s house with you Sunday! See you then!
This Sunday is our annual information meeting. Darren Grayson, chairman of our elders, will be giving an update in all 4 services. Then at 1 p.m., there will be a meeting in the lobby for those people who want to hear a more detailed report.