Throughout this week, I’ll be sharing simple verses that have rocked my perspective on life and faith, with just a short note. My hope is that God will move in a similar way in your heart…
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:43-45
My enemies are my enemies precisely because I hate them and I can’t stand to be around them. Everything around me screams, “HURT THEM!” But there’s this little voice whispering in my ear, “Love ’em.”
Consider this… What makes the Church different from the world around it?
I mean, we sing songs but so does every other band out there.
Our songs are about love but so are 90% of the rest of the music out there.
We have sermons but so does every school and business out there – they just call them “lectures” and “seminars.”
We create unique branding, form strategic plans and have great meeting places. But so does everyone else.
What makes the Church different from the World?
In a word… FORGIVENESS.
The world says, “Hate,” but the Church says, “Love.” The world says, “Hurt,” but the Church says, “Heal.” The world says, “Grudge,” but the Church says, “Freedom.”
If you’re following Jesus, forgiveness is what sets your actions apart from the world around you. Forgiveness, because Jesus first forgave you. Forgiveness, because you’re an alien in an unforgiving world.
Who do you need to forgive? What is setting you apart from the unforgiving culture around you?