Continuing the sermon series called “Real Life Christian: Fruits, Freedom, and Infinite Architecture.” It’s a study through the Book of First John.
This is a short summary of the sixth sermon, titled “Learning To Discern Its Worth At First.” Part one is here. Part two is here. Part three is here. Part four is here. Part five is here.
Part of my calling as a pastor is to help set you free from the bondage of sin. So by the grace of God, here we go.
Everyone loves the idea of love until you have to love the unlovable.
When we write about “love, peace, harmony, and unity,” we’re saving those cliches for the good-looking, well-dressed, sort of young, mostly acceptable suburban middle-upper class.
We would all agree love is good — no one is holding picket signs yelling, “Screw world peace!” — but it’s easy to love the likeable people.
Honestly, I get that. There’s nothing in my flesh that wants to turn the other cheek.
I don’t immediately want to repay affliction with kindness.
I judge people instantly: if a guy cuts me off in traffic, I don’t assume he’s visiting his grandmother. I hope he gets pulled over and tasered.
This is where the Gospel becomes so important:
Because God totally loved you when you were so unlovable.
He saw you at your worst and He gave you His best.
And even if we feel like the person next to us doesn’t deserve grace:
We didn’t deserve it either.
When we get grace, we give grace.
Still, it’s very, very hard to love people.
Here are three obstacles to truly loving others.