KEEP ON LOVING
On September 25th, my sermon was “Keep on Loving,” based on Hebrews 13:1-8 and 15-16. After the service someone said I needed to put the sermon in the “Connection” or at least one of the illustrations I used. Another person asked if she could have a copy of the illustration. The writer of Hebrews began Chapter 13 with the “Keep on loving each other as brothers” (NIV), or, as The Catholic Study Bible translates the import of the opening phrase of Chapter 13, “Let mutual love continue.” I pointed out that the letter begins with the Greek word “Philadelphia” with which we are very familiar in that William Penn named one of our early famous American cities using this word. The emphasis is that we are to let a mutual love for one another be the order of our lives. I will not put the whole sermon in this article but will give a few thoughts and the mentioned illustration.
This mutual love means that we are to love and accept one another, unholy warts, ugly pimples, emotional scars, and all else that make up our individual personalities. That doesn’t mean we have to love the unwholesome things others may do, or, relish their thinking. It means that we love and respect one another as fellow Christians, as sinners like ourselves, who are being saved by the love and grace of God.
Love, received from God and mutually shared with others, works like this: (I don’t remember where I first saw the following and copied it from.)
Love is (It is)
Slow to suspect – quick to trust.
Slow to condemn – quick to justify.
Slow to offend – quick to defend.
Slow to reprimand – quick to forebear.
Slow to belittle – quick to appreciate.
Slow to demand – quick to give.
Slow to provoke – quick to conciliate.
Slow to hinder – quick to help.
Slow to resent – quick to forgive.
Christians need each. That is why the church exists. It is a gathering place for followers of Jesus Christ to gather together in his name and learn more of him. What better way to learn about Jesus and how he wants us to live and love than to get together with one another, accept one another for who each is as a person, again warts, pimples, scars and all. It comes back to the question needing to be raised in the context of our relationships with one another, “What would Jesus do?” It comes down to remembering that God so loves the world and we are to go and do likewise, beginning with our brothers and sisters in the church.
God bless! Fred
October 12 -Elaine Miller
October 17 - Nancy Soares
November 11 - Sandy Erickson
November 16 - Roger Millard
December 5 - Lee Powell
December 8 - Linda Allensworth
December 11 - Jewel Riley
December 20 - Bruce Powell
October 22 - Bruce & Lee Powell
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