Sermon – When Life is Confusing, Always Choose Love
Scripture Readings: Romans 8:1-4, Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Monday July 8 — Romans 3:21-31, Romans 4:1-25
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) God uses the word ALL in this passage. Why is it often easier to see sin in others than in our own actions? Do you believe that God can forgive your innermost sin? What causes you to doubt God’s promise? Dear Lord, if nothing else help me be kind this week. Amen.
Tuesday July 9 — Romans 5:1-21
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2) Do you have the faith to accept God’s grace to you?
Wednesday July 10 — Romans 8:1-39
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4) Does this statement bring you comfort?
Thursday July 11 — Colossians 3:12-17
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14) What can you do to be more forgiving? Is there someone in your life you need to forgive? Are you willing to try?
Friday July 12 — John 3:16-18
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18) Dear God, thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. Help me know and love him more and more each day. Amen.
Saturday July 13 — Matthew 22:37-40
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments’”” (Matthew 22:37-40). Jesus confirmed that these are the two most important commandments. What gets in the way of living out these commandments in your life?