Calling

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Self-emptying love is our life’s purpose.

(Listen to my song “Salvation” by clicking HERE)

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Romans 12:12-14

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them.

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When it comes to rejoicing in hope, enduring in affliction and persevering in prayer…well that’s a tall order but many are able to understand it and put it into practice.

But…when it comes to the rest of St. Paul’s statement above…I think you’ll find plenty of opposition.

Are the holy ones deserving of my contribution to their needs? What if they are slackers?

What’s with this exercise hospitality stuff? Yes but…not those people.

And when it comes to blessing those who persecute you…you’d be hard pressed to find examples of people who practice that.

Actually…this one doesn’t compute to our basic binary brain function which says: Being good gets you a reward; being bad gets you punished.

Period.

But not so with Jesus…and not so with St. Paul.

It took being transformed by forgiveness and grace for Paul to get to this place of radical love.

Make no mistake…this is what Christians are called to do…all of it.

If you need inspiration…gaze at Jesus hanging on the cross. Gaze at love poured out to demonstrate the extreme example of responding to evil with love.

His demonstration was done on behalf of those who were totally unworthy.

That includes you and me.

He calls us to do the same.

Allow this knowledge to marinate in your heart.

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Listen to the song of the day “Salvation” by clicking HERE

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Remember…God loves you!

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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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