Refuge in the Word l

November  2018


Loving our Neighbors

 As we head into the holiday season let us remember who we are celebrating by seeking to understand His Words and practice them.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ’But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt 5:43-48 NASB)


The beautiful words of Christ remind us that we have a higher calling, we are to do more than love each other, we are to love those who hate us. Love is not always rewarding for the giver, it can be hard to show compassion to people who are mean and angry toward us, but that is exactly what Jesus asks us to do. It is for the benefit of the Kingdom of God that we follow the words of Christ Jesus and we must focus on the fact that if He said it then it is all for the best of humanity.

 Westhaven Community Church