Sermons on Loving Neighbors
Moses continues to expound the 4th commandment in Deuteronomy 15:1-18 by explaining the year of debt cancellation that was to happen every seven years. The seventh year points to an organic connection with Sabbath law, showing the significance of the Sabbath: it is a celebration of having our debt before God cancelled and being released from slavery. All of this is fulfilled in Christ through his great redemption.
Love Your Enemies In Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus concludes this section of the Sermon on the Mount by teaching that Christians must love their enemies thereby reflecting their Father in heaven. This is a difficult doctrine in any circumstances, but as the Church seems to have more and more enemies it is particularly important for Christians to understand today.
Today there is much discussion about rights and fairness. More and more Christians are facing hostile treatment. How should a Christian respond? Though Christians should not give up their rights, especially the right to worship, there is wisdom needed to know when to insist on our rights and when to turn the other cheek. Christ addresses this in Matthew 5:38-42. Though Christians may think it is fair to retaliate in light of what was done to them or to cling…