Preparing for Worship: Love Your Enemies

Preparing for Worship: Love Your Enemies

John Haralson   •   September 8, 2017


...love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Jesus, Luke 6:35-36

Revenge and retaliation always perpetuate the cycle of anger, fear and violence.
Coretta Scott King


Dear Friends,

This Sunday, we return again to the Gospel of Luke. We pick up in the middle of the “Sermon on the Plain”, Luke’s version of Jesus’ key teachings to those who wish to follow him. Jesus is giving them, and us, a vision of what he wants our lives to look like.

It’s important to notice what Jesus doesn’t say:
     Win all of your online arguments.
     Have a designer life that meets all of your expectations.
     Be insulated from all pain and discomfort.
     Have influence and positions of power in your culture.

Instead, Jesus says quite bluntly:
     Love your enemies.

As I was studying through this text this week, I thought, “Jesus, do you really mean this?”

He does.

Apparently, life as the people of God is a lot harder than we think.

So buckle up, as we dive back into Luke.

This week: Luke 6:27-36, Love Your Enemies.

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

John

PS: This Sunday, we will be praying for all of our students as they return to school.