Advent Eight

Never give up

Matthew 5:43-48

Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Love makes a way for us – God will never give up on us and it means in his love we never have to give up loving:

To do:

  • Pray for someone you struggle with – ask that God will bless them and that they will hear from Him
  • Read about how Christians in the bible and today have dealt with being persecuted: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/ and http://www.opendoorsyouth.org/
  • Make something in mixed media, digital art or photography (or whatever you want) with the title: “love makes a way”
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