How Far Is Too Far?
Why is our mindset as Christians always, “How bad can I be without sinning?” In this message, Pastor John shows us that we shouldn’t ask, “How bad can I be,” we should ask, “How loving can I be?”
March 1, 2020 | Pastor John Hill
Hope in the Dark
“How Far is Too Far?”
- “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” Matthew 5:21-22
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
- “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:38-39
- “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Matthew 5:43-44
Reflect on What You’ve Heard
- Do you believe God is a good father and that his plan is best?
- Where in your life are you living for less than your best? Less than love would call?
- Is that bringing satisfaction now and in the future?
- Where do you have the most “darkness”? What does love call you to be in that place?
Pray it Out
God, I know you love me and that your laws are good, but help me to honestly trust that you want and know what is best for me! Thank you for loving me and for caring enough to want me to get to live the best life I can, amen.