TEXT: Luke 6: 20-3
OUTLINE: Jesus speaks to His disciples on consequences of life’s condition, resulting in Blessings and Woes.
CONTENT: Luke’s gospel expresses radical teaching in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Matthew 5: 44, adds love your enemies. What the world needs is Love. In this country it is evident there is a lack of that element; we see division and hatred in our political and social realm; hostility in the world. These teachings were hard to follow; as a result, John 6: 66, tells how some of Jesus’ followers reacted.
Jesus’ word should not be taken literally, example Matthew 5: 29-30; because He also teaches how to love until it hurts; Agape’ love was ordained by God. You must love, but do not allow yourself to be used. Be wise in all your dealings; God does not want us to hate any one. Some passages for different situations of living; Ecclesiastes 6:8; Psalms 5: 5; Psalms 139: 21-22;
Psalms 11: 5.
We must take Jesus’ kingdom teaching at a higher standard. We may not like what some people do, but love the person anyway and overlook the sin or offense with a belief that they have a potential to do better. There is none righteous, we all make mistakes, we all have sinned and come short of God’s glory.
God is calling us to follow His Kingdom principles. Remember the Golden Rule. Church rules are different from the worlds’; Luke 6:32-34
THOUGHT: Jesus does not want us to be door mats, but doorways through which others may look, and get a glance of the Kingdom of God.
—Rev Edward L Jenkins—