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This Weekend’s Message

Follow Me to Forgiveness

Luke 6:27-38

Love for Enemies

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

The theme for worship during the season of Epiphany is “Follow.” We have heard some of Luke’s stories about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and we have been invited to follow him to a variety of places. So far we have tried to keep up with him as he has traveled to his hometown, to the synagogue, to the lake, and to the city. This week we will follow his footsteps into forgiveness. Each of these stories challenges us to choose the demanding road of discipleship.

The story challenges us in a number of ways.

Who do you need to love today?

What forgiveness do you need to offer?

Give the story and its implications some thought. See you ‘round the Table this weekend.