Love Your Neighbor
We love and serve one another, not because we feel guilted into it or because we have to, but because Christ’s love compels us to do so. Through serving, forgiving, leading, and loving others with a pure and selfless heart, we can show our neighbors (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) the love of Jesus. This is possible only because of the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
However, when it comes to doing what we were created to do (love God and love others), so much of it we cannot do on our own. We find peace in the fact that God shows each one of us His love through the structures He has created: the Bible, the Sacraments, and Christian fellowship.
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; Ephesians 4:2-32; Acts 2:36-41; Luke 10:25-37
Sermon Text: Matthew 22:39a