Today’s message is from the heart of Jesus teachings about how we are to live in relationship to one another. The teachings are from the heart of the Sermon on the Plain scriptures, Luke 6: 27-42. These passages identify what living a blessed life will look like. The first is this: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:31) The second is: “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over… If you use that kind of measure in the way you treat others, God will use the same kind of measure with you. (Luke 6:38)
The heart of the matter is how God’s heart of compassion is received by us and passed along in our compassion toward others. Why would we be compassionate instead of condemning? Because, this is the way God has acted toward us. If that is what is normally expected from followers of Jesus Christ, how about being a community of unexpected Christians? Treat others the way we want to be treated; don’t lead with our judgment of others before every getting to know them. In doing so, we might be accurate representatives of the God who has been so compassionate to each of us. And others will truly “Know we are Christians by our love!”
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