“HOW DO WE WEAR LOVE”?
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.' But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect---just as your Father in heaven is perfect. ( Matt 5:38-48-GNB)
"Here's another old saying that deserves a second look: 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.' Is that going to get us anywhere? Here's what I propose: 'Don't hit back at all.' If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. "You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best--the sun to warm and the rain to nourish--to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. (Matt5:38-48-MSG)
Look at your neighbor, and say to them, How do you wear love? Think about that for a moment. Depending on the day, hour, situation, circumstance and who I am dealing with, I must admit that I do not always wear love that exemplifies the Lord. The Bible says, "I’m challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer" (Matt, 5:44-MSG), Now, if the truth were to be told, rarely do any of us respond that way. This too, is a choice.
Beloved, it is a choice of our will. To make a choice to love others as God wants us; can be quite difficult. However, if our wills are submitted to Christ, we can do it. Then it says;" if someone gives us a hard time to respond with energies of prayer". In other words, use our anger energy to pray for that person. That also is a choice of our will. We need to say to the Lord, help me to pray for that person that so rudely crossed in front of me. The Bible also says, “don’t hit back at all, if someone hits you stand there and take it, “ (Matt 5: 39-MSG). That my beloved is also a very difficult; I cannot help but wonder if any of us would be able to make the choice to stand there and take it. It is my prayer that God would not allow us to be put in that situation.
It further tells us; " Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that!"( Matt:5:46-GNB) In other words, it is easy to love those who we know or feel love for us, but what about those who are unlovable? Do we make a choice to love them in spite of them? Then it says; "And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that!"( Matt :5:47-GNB) Because we are Christians and should wear love differently, we should go beyond the realm of duty and make it a choice to speak and talk to all persons.
Sometimes, for me, that is difficult. No matter where I am or who I am with. I can be in a restaurant and the waiter or waitress does not display a good attitude toward me or constantly gets our order wrong or something else. In my unloving manner I can and sometimes will make a choice not to tip them, or to decease the size of their tip based upon their actions. In actuality I should be making the choice to pray for them, and to give them a generous tip to let them know the love and mercy of Jesus is extended to them.
As I have said before, how we wear love, is definitely a choice of our wills. Let’s learn to wear love in the same manner that Christ wears it for us.
The great Hippo of North Africa saw wearing love as this: " Hands to Help Others, Feet to Hasten to the Poor and Needy, Eyes to See the Misery and Want, and Ears to Hear the Sighs and Sorrows." What about us, can we wear love it in a similar way?
Pastor's Mike and Allean Morgan are also facilitators for a class that was founded by Pastor's Francis and Flower
Briscoe entitled "What God Has to Say About "Marriage". The conference is upon us, it is this weekend, October 5th from 7-10pm and October 6th from 9:00am-5:00pm The cost for this conference is $75.00 per couple and $50.00 for singles. You may pay at the door with no upcharge for admission. In addition, there is under ground parking at this hotel for approximately $21.00 for Friday, and, Saturday will be $18.00; and, there is a public parking lot across the street for a fee. Our follow-up conferences for this year will start in November, and we will let you know the date as soon as it becomes available. Please remember that the follow-up conferences are free to all who desire to attend. You can visit our website for more
information at www.whatgodhastosayaboutmarriage.com.