Loving One Another Even When We Hurt

Loving One Another Even When We Hurt

If we serve the resurrected Christ, we should allow the resurrection power to affect every single aspect of our lives.  The Apostle Paul declared: For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”  This means walking closer to God and submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our denomination is in turmoil following the recent decisions regarding human sexuality.  As a local body, we must not be distracted by our differences (deep though they may be).  We still have a local mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Reflecting this mission, let us be mindful of the language we use to describe others and the collective decisions we make.  May our actions be neither punitive nor rude.  May our discourse be uplifting and aimed at respecting the image of God in every single person.  We are still the church of the resurrected Christ and (therefore) instruments of God’s amazing grace.

Moving forward, how then can we make this resurrection power a reality in our everyday lives?  Many things come to mind.  However, during this time of unrest, an appropriate first response should be about committing ourselves to loving those with whom we disagree.  In so doing, we learn the true meaning of walking closer to God and being selfless and impartial in our giving.  We give in our worship of God and in our service to others.  So, we are indeed obligated to observe the following Biblical principles:

  1. Give cheerfully, not grudgingly (2 Corinthians 9:7).
  2. Let giving be discreet, not showing off (Matthew 6:1-4).
  3. Waste is lost opportunity to give to someone in need (John 6:12-13).
  4. Sacrificial giving is not personal loss, but an act of worship (Romans 12:1).

It is my hope that our selfless loving and sacrificial giving will begin here at Hazel Crest Community UMC.  Our loving is our act of obedience.  Our giving is our sacrifice of praise to Almighty God, who continues to give us life and other blessings.

~ Pastor Paul

 

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