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This is the message of the gospel God loves us and gave himself for us. The Message of the Gospel is that God is love. We love because he first loved us. We will never be able to show this love to the world or to each other until we understand what God has done for us. We have been called to be imitators of God. Are we living out the love that we have been given? Lord Teach us to live out the love you have shown us
All of us, in one way or another, want to "get in." Deep down in that quiet place of our hearts, we want to be approved. Yet every attempt to “get in” is really an attempt to be accepted by the One who matters most. In the Gospel of Luke, we see two men who desire to “get in." But only one of these men gets into the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us why, and it has everything to do with whether we are proud in spirit or poor in spirit.
If we are committed followers of Christ we have to love our enemies; do good o all who hate us; bless those who curse us and pray for those who mistreat us. This is NOT optional. This is how we are different from the world. This is striving to be like Christ.
When we come to church, we approach it with the attitude, “Well, do I have to give? No, I don’t have to give, so I won’t.” That’s basically how the logic goes. But turn the question around: do I have to perform mercy?
Spiritual blindness can be dangerous. It can give us a false sense of security or lead to missed opportunities in our service to the Lord. In this passage, we find how it is sometimes hard to "see" what God is getting at. This was the case with Jesus' disciples, even though it seemed like He was speaking very clearly. The same can happen to us when we are blinded by our own misconceptions or we lack spiritual insight. However, in the verses that follow, we learn that Jesus gives sight to the blind. This is true not only physically, but also spiritually. We can learn from the actions of the blind beggar that when we are struggling with spiritual blindness, we must see our need, see Jesus, cry out to Him in helpless faith, and then praise God when He responds to our cry for mercy.
Many people who would think of themselves as "Christians," or followers of Jesus, operate from the premise that what gets a person to heaven is "being good." Of course, if that's true, the opposite is also true: bad people go to hell. But is this the correct way to view or understand the topics of salvation and judgment?
The final stanza of Psalm 23 is packed with promises for people like us who live in the tension of this beautiful and broken world. David celebrates God's pursuing love - His covenant faithfulness - and delights himself in the knowledge that God is for him. Because of Jesus, our perfect King, we, too, and live in the reality of knowing God is for us in all things, even when our circumstances and our fears seem to tell us otherwise.