"For we love our enemies. Indeed, we love the evil, the unthankful, and the enemies of God. And if it is not in our power to do good to those that hate us, we pray for them, even though they continue to spurn our love and abuse and persecute us." - John Wesley
It is perhaps one of the greatest challenges we face in being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. And yet, it is one that is at the heart of the gospel - a call to a radically different way of treating our enemies. It is an expectation that we cannot escape as we examine both the teachings and the actions of Jesus.
This week as we continue our worship series on the
Strength to Love, loving our enemies will be the focus. What if the church, and by that I mean every person who has made a profession of faith, saying yes to binding themselves to Christ and to each other to live as witnesses to the goodness of God...what if the church really lived out this command? How different might our world be?
I want to encourage every one of you to be in worship this Sunday. Make time in your weekend to join your brothers and sisters in Christ and honor God with your presence and your intention to be a faithful follower. In preparation for Sunday, I invite you to go ahead and read Matthew 5:38-48, the Scripture passage for the day and begin praying, "God, where does my heart need to change?"
You might also consider doing some additional reading. Two great sermons for your consideration are "
" by John Wesley and "
Loving Your Enemies
" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend. May God lead us to pursue the better way.