Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

-Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

Well, that just happened.  Like an activist judge, Jesus just up and changed the way we have to live!  (Of course, Jesus is God so He can do that.)  Conventional human wisdom says, “love those who are nice to you, and hate those who are not.”  Followers of Jesus are to live differently.  This is what sets us apart from the world around us.  We are to love all people.  Perhaps not their attitude or actions, but we love them as creatures created and loved by God.  One of the ways this Christian love  for our enemies is fostered and developed is through prayer.  It is increasingly difficult to dislike someone for whom you are praying.  Try it.  Pray for your ex-spouse.  Pray for your annoying neighbor.  Pray for your immature, under-qualified boss.  Prayer gives us occasion to consider what might be going on in the lives of those we “prefer less”.  It causes us to imagine what challenges and hardships they might be facing, and what emotional wounds they may still be nursing.  Pray for them and see how it changes both of you.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 25:23

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!

– Matthew 25:23 NIV

Many of us have deluded ourselves into thinking that the things we have are ours. It’s mind-blowing to come to the realization that everything we have is God’s, entrusted to us for a time, but that is the essence and foundation of being a faithful Christian steward. The Bible verse above appears in the Parable of the Talents. A Master goes on a journey and entrusts his property to his servants. When he returns, he calls his servants together to see what they’ve done with what they were entrusted. What are you doing with what God has entrusted to you? Are you using your abilities to serve others? Are you using your money to carry out God’s loving mission? Are you using your time in ways that glorify God? We’re probably all thinking, “Umm, there’s room for growth in those areas.” No worries. Christ died to forgive our sins and failures. Our motivation isn’t fear, it’s love. Love for God, and love for others. Use what’s been entrusted to you to earn a return for the Kingdom of God. Not because you have to, but because you get to!

Sunday Sneak Peek for September 27, 2015 – Matthew 25:19-20

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Sunday Sneak Peek for September 27, 2015 – Matthew 25:19-20

God has entrusted us with many good gifts.  His desire is that we multiply those gifts and give God a return on His investment.  Today we’ll discuss how to make the most of what God has entrusted to you! Learn more about Matthew 25:19-20 NIV this Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Victory Lutheran Church.