Love that takes the initiative has the power to be transformative. It has the power to change the world.
In my reading and understanding of Jesus, I have drawn two conclusions. The first, Love is the most important virtue, and that it was so important to Jesus that it compelled him to give up his life out of great love for us. The second is this, we too are called to love with the same passion. We can do this through simple acts and more difficult acts; forgiveness, humility, servanthood, generosity, and peacemaking.
This weeks sermon (you can read here or watch a video here) is based on Paul's message to the churches in Rome. He gives a long list of things we can do (ROMANS 12:9-21). Most seem doable...but we must be willing to do it. Like the point I drive home in the sermon: Love is an action, not an emotion. We have to put our love to work in order for it to work! After all, "love that takes the initiative has the power to be transformative. Not only is it a game changer but a world changer too!
Paul's "how to" list of things we ought to do:
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An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”