Monday, July 20, 2015

Living Out the Love of Christ

Romans 12:9-21              July 19, 2015           Link for audio/video/manuscript

Once we begin with the sober judgment about ourselves as a starting point, we need to live out the love of God through Jesus Christ by loving righteousness and good, hating sin and abhorring evil, showing preference to each other and humbly serving others, rejoicing in the hope of Jesus, giving generously of ourselves, genuinely loving those who hurt us, loving each other and our enemies, casting off pride and rejecting any form of judgment based upon human merit or measurement, and pursuing peace by returning good for evil. This is our call together as God’s people, the church. For us love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. And while living out that kind of love can change us the way a parent changes a baby - awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess - it is the life the God calls us to through Jesus Christ which proves our love is“genuine”!