Friday, March 29, 2013
Love Is Our Call, Our Mission, Our Purpose
While we should always confess the wrongs we do to anyone we do them to, this time of you affords us the convictions and opportunities to deeply criticize ourselves and to renew ourselves, manifested in the form of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the cornerstone of Christian belief and spirituality. It is the very essence of Christian Faith, it is the foundation of Christianity's entire purpose for being. If you have wronged someone, if you have hurt someone, whether they're even aware of it or not, take a few moments, and ask their forgiveness, confess your wrongs, and reconcile your differences in peace and love and genuine brotherhood/sisterhood.
Friends, this is the weekend that we have designated that we remember that three major events happened. Christ was hung, killed, then rose. And with that rising, fulfilled the law's bounty on our lives, and afforded us grace and forgiveness. And the only thing that we've been asked to do in return....is to "Do unto others."
Fellow human beings, whether you're a Bible-belt Southern Baptist or a Pagan, a Unitarian Universalist, a Scientologist, or a Mormon, Seventh-day Adventist, Catholic, a Methodist, an Atheist or Agnostic, or whatever you have chosen to designate yourself as. One thing we all share in common, is that "Doing unto others" and "Loving your Neighbor" IS the greatest love that can exist and the only love that can save us as a culture, a nation, and even a world.
Every single person who sees this status, Please PLEASE watch "Lord, Save Us From Your Followers." It is SO appropriate for this Good Friday, and for the upcoming celebration of The Lord's Crucifixion.
(1) And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
(2) And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
(5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
(6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
(8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
(9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(11) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
(12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
(13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
(14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
(15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
(16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(17) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
(18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Blessings, prayers, hopes, and all around good juju to all of you. Have a totally blessed Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, or just Sunday.
Posted by Gabriel Givens