Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012
Last week we read through Matthew searching for clues as to how Jesus loved the religious teachers and leaders, the Gentiles and Samaritans and the sinners. I found it interesting that Jesus was most harsh with the religious leaders even though they were the ones keeping the Law. What they were missing though was the spirit of the Law which was a humble heart filled with love for God and others.
Jesus showed great compassion and patience with the Gentiles, Samaritans and other sinners. In this group were prostitutes and corrupt tax collectors; those despised by the religious leaders. Jesus definitely sat in the smoking section from time to time.
We can see what Jesus valued by where He spent His time and energy. He was looking for faith and humiity which do not usually correlate with a legalistic religious spirit.
Anyways, I suggest we look at ourselves and ask ‘who do we love like?’ Jesus or the religious leaders? So many of us have successfully segregated ourselves from those outside the family of God. How many non-believer friends do you have? If the answer is zero, there might be a problem. I asked myself this question a few months ago and was shocked because I could count them on one hand (although we do live in the south and just about everyone calls themselves Christian here).
Take some time praying over this. Use Matthew 22:36-40 as your guide. Other good passages are 1 Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 3:14-21.
Matthew 20:36-40 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV)
I will be doing this Express Weekly too and look forward to see what God reveals to us. I pray that He works in our hearts and helps us to love like Jesus.
Walk in Love my Friends,