Kingdom of God

Luke 6:35
“Love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”

This is a tough scripture to digest on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. But these are words believed to come directly from the mouth of Jesus. In today’s world…look at all the arguing over who is right and who is wrong. The society surrounding us tells us that life is all about individuality. It encourages us to build up our egos (false selves) so that each of us picks sides and works against unity. But Jesus says we should love even those who we disagree with…even those who might hate us! This is the example Jesus set for us…but how blatantly we ignore this teaching! Are you ready to be a radical follower of Jesus? Then you must love. As St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.” It’s time to build up. Jesus warned us that if we followed Him we would be persecuted…so we can count on that. But love changes hearts and changes lives. Isn’t that what the world needs? Can we actually love our persecutors? That will take letting go of our egos and asking for the grace to take part in the building of the kingdom of God. The world desperately needs this radical change!

Suggested song of the day– “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
Hear free clips of Bill’s songs by clicking on Bill Tonnis’ Music on iTunes to the right.
CDs available by clicking “home” and then the “store” tab.
Have a blessed day!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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