Friday, April 08, 2011

Sermon on the Mount 11: Rescue

Scripture: Matthew 6: 5-15

Focus: Rescue

Reflection: This is a world of boomerangs. What a person throws out there is going to come back a them. If you are kind, kindness returns to you. If you are mean, meanness returns to you. If you judge, prepare to be judged. If you forgive, then you will be forgiven.

Jesus dismantles the other narratives going on here. Power in this world is not about what is said in public like this group or how much is said in public like that group. Power is in how you treat other people.

He says in plain language that God’s forgiveness is linked our forgiveness. If we put forgiveness out there, then it finds its way back to us. God is not impressed by big words or lots of words. God’s great desire is for us to create space for forgiveness. How is that space created? By forgiving others. Forgiving others is our rescue.

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