Reading: Matthew 5
Today I read the following by Leon Morris. I couldn't help but think it was another way of saying, “Love the Gospel, Live the Gospel.” You may want to read it twice.
The love of God changes those who respond to it into loving people. We begin in a measure to love as God loves. That means we not only love those people we find naturally attractive, but that we begin to see people as God does and love because of what we are, not because of what they are. And the more we respond to God's love, the more true this becomes of us. [Reflections on the Gospel of John, pg. 587.]
It reminded me of what I read this morning in Matthew 5:44-48:
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
May the Gospel transform us into people who live the Gospel—let Christ live in us. No doubt the holiday season will provide many opportunities to walk this out. May Christ live in you.
Love the Gospel, Live the Gospel, Advance the Gospel,