This week’s readings are based on the Christmas At Northside sermon. In this season, we want to turn our focus to Jesus. Don’t just read the text, but let it read you throughout the week!
"You're familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
Matthew 5:43-47 (MSG)
Jesus calls us to love like God. Are you only loving the lovable? How about those who only act, talk, or look like you? Where do you need to love others better?