Here is the audio from the message. Note: Only the end of the sermon was captured on the recording.
One of the reasons life is complicated is that we live in a world full of people—people who have their own minds, their own thoughts, their own ideas, their own perspectives, their own sense of right and wrong and good and bad, their own needs and hurts and pains.
Jesus reduces it to one thing (how’s that for uncomplicating something?): LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
John 13.34-35 SERVE
John 15.12-13 SACRIFICE
Romans 12.10 SHOW HONOR
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.”
–Thomas Merton, in a letter to Dorothy Day
“In giving this command, Jesus did something the world had never seen before—He created a group identified by one thing: love. There are many groups in the world, and they identify themselves in any number of ways: by skin color, by uniform, by shared interest, by alma mater, etc. One group has tattoos and piercings; another group abstains from meat; yet another group wears fezzes—the ways people categorize themselves are endless. But the church is unique. For the first and only time in history, Jesus created a group whose identifying factor is love. Skin color doesn’t matter. Native language doesn’t matter. There are no rules about diet or uniforms or wearing funny hats. Followers of Christ are identified by their love for each other.”
Here is the worksheet/journal for #uncomplicated week two: uncomplicated Week Two Journal