“Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.” – Proverbs 20:22
I hear a sound in the basement of a large lego tower crashing to the ground. Next, I hear a very classic conversation between two brothers close in age:
Son 1: “I’m telling mom that you knocked my tower over!”
Son 2: “No, please don’t tell her. How about you knock over my tower…and then we’re even?”
Son 1: “Fine… but I really liked my tower.”
This conversation has been one that has happened in many basements for many generations. One person messes up another person’s items, and they feel the next logical conclusion is to receive justice by reciprocating the behavior.
We understand when the Bible says “an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” means the punishment or retaliation should match the crime. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 5:38-39 when He says, “You have heard it said an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth, but I say to you…” What? There is a “BUT” after eye for an eye? That’s right! Jesus will ask His followers to a different standard of how to love someone. This week, we will be looking at Jesus’ words for living differently in this world through applying Jesus’ standard for love. I have been challenged in my preparation for our passage this week. Will you be praying now that the Lord will be preparing your heart to receive Jesus’ challenge for what it means to love our neighbor? I look forward to walking through God’s Word with you this Sunday! Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.
Pastor Jared Schnapf
SUNDAY AM PLAN
9:00 AM – Worship Service On Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)
9:15 AM – Worship Service On Campus & Online (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service on Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)
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