SPRING FORTH NOW 2023
Sunday, April 23, 2023
“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 supple moves 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.”
Matthew 5:43-48 (MSG)
The reflection of God’s love for us becomes the power that brings out the best in and through us. God Loved us, despite and in spite of us, which brings about an internal power that when channeled not only to God but also in our outpouring makes us whole; a place of diligently seeking God’s purpose and plan for our lives. God’s having Loved us before we ever did what we did is a radical idea that challenges us to a radical love for one another, including the experiences of our lives in which we engage them from a position of our Most Favored Status as opposed to being a victim or passenger in the experience. Take back control of your life and radically love your way through it, weighing-in in the Spirit and allowing what God has purposed and planned for your life control; press forward in your assignment expecting God to do, to make the way, to provide. Your enemies and obstacles are not the drivers of your narrative, the radical love you have received from God pour it out, and be whole in the fullness of God's presence, power, and promises driving you toward your promise of life and life more abundantly.