Week 34 Being Love in Darkness
So I have had these scriptures rolling around in my heart a long time. The title for these next two weeks was planned in January, yet, in light of Charlottesville etc., how much more timely can it be?
God has been preparing us for such a time as this by revealing the Truth of His love for us. And we have been preparing for this moment by accepting and internalizing His Love. NOW it is time to to take action.
The following scriptures are self-explanatory examples for putting Love in action.
One time an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” He replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “GO AND DO LIKEWISE.”
No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are created in the likeness of God…
Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.