Tested

Written by cycleguy on February 1st, 2018

In last week’s sermon I talked about True Love. You can read more about it here. But you know as well as I do talking about love, defining love, does not a lover make. The real test of love is when love is put to the test.

Despite all our learning or lack of it; despite all our high-falootin’ talk or lack of it; despite our rhetoric or lack of it; everyone one of us knows we will not get along with everyone. Wishful thinking. Dream thinking. “Not possible” thinking actually. “Ain’t going to happen” thinking.  Yeah…I hate to be the one to burst the bubble, but we will not be able to get along with everyone.

So…how do we keep the peace?

So…what do we do with enemies? With those who want to make our life miserable? In fact, that seems to be their mission in life. How are we supposed to act and react to our enemies?

My sermon this weekend will get down to that nitty-gritty. When you have been abused, walked on, used as a doormat or a ladder, had lies told about you, or have been stolen from…what to do? How would love respond?

Romans 12: 14-21 is not an easy passage to deal with but it can’t be skipped over either. I’d appreciate your prayers for this weekend.

I’m posting this early because Jo and I will be heading to Evansville, IN to see one our young men play one of his last two games in Indiana (Saturday is the other). He graduates from Maryville College in St. Louis this year. So we will be out and about and I will be away from a computer. I’ll have my phone to approve comments, but I despise typing anything of length on my phone. Have a great weekend!

 

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. You’ll be in my prayers as always, Bill and Jo!
    Blessings!

  2. Ed says:

    Yeah, I know how it is with these phones today! Good luck to your son in the game!

  3. cycleguy says:

    From Gail: Oh man, i have fallen far short of this one, Romans 12 14:21.
    This makes me just as bad as the ones who’s abuse i have had to endure, but thru your teaching and hearing again & again I now pray for my daughters, however to not love them creeps up then just in time, there is Pastor reminding me of scripture & love.

    PS. Have fun.

  4. floyd says:

    Sounds like a needed sermon for a lot of us. Praying for you, brother.

  5. Caleb Suko says:

    Well said, talking about love doesn’t make you love well. That’s honestly one of my greatest fears of preaching. I can say it well but can I live it well?

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