Summary: Jesus provides us with an ideal prescription for what radical love requires and looks like. Through the Holy Spirit, He empowers us to live it. How will WE choose to respond?
Third in Series: “Love In Action”
Rev. Todd G. Leupold Perth Bible Church July 13, 2008 AM
As we continue to talk about “Love In Action,” it is important that we understand the tremendous differences between living love in motion, and going through the motions.
For a picture of what I mean, imagine of a service-oriented business such as Fed Ex were to operate the way some Christians and churches do . . .
VIDEO: “Fedless” (BluefishTv) – 34.8 secs
Governments can get (and often do) get away that kind of attitude and commitment to “the least necessary” reflected by statements such as:
“what can we get by with?”
“shouldn’t that be somebody else’s job?”
“they don’t pay me enough to do that” or
“I’ve put in my 20 yrs., let someone else do it now.”
It doesn’t matter how many people we are technically ’serving.’ It matters immensely, however, HOW and with what attitude we are serving them!
Remember, last week we addressed the importance of seeing others and the world around us as Jesus does – from the perspective of the cross. This morning, we will further examine how that perspective is to translate into practical living.
Jesus has set for us both an example and a standard for how we are to lived, how we are to love, and what price we should be willing to pay.
The question is: how will WE choose to respond to His example and standard of Radical Love for others?
- Jesus here gives us an ideal prescription for what radical love requires and looks like.
RADICAL LOVE IS:
I.) STRONG BUT GENTLE AND FULL OF GRACE WHEN DISRESPECTED
First of all, please understand that the law concerning “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” was given by God as a principal of justice to be legally applied by the societies justices (not individuals) and as a check against the contrasting tendencies to pass sentences that greatly
exceeding the nature of the crime itself.
Therefore, the context here is NOT revenge or retaliation but righteous justice.
This idea is further reinforced in verse 39 with the phrase “don’t resist an evildoer.” That is, don’t “set yourself against,” or “retaliate.” The idea of “you get me, I’ll get you in kind” is neither biblical nor the example of Christ. Just sinful man . . .
One summer evening, a weary truck driver pulled his rig into an all-night truck stop. He was tired and hungry. The waitress had just finally served him his dinner, when three three rough-neck, no-good motorcyclists decided to give him a hard time. Not only did they verbally abuse him, but consumed his dinner before him. One grabbed his hamburger, the other a big, greasy handful of fries, and the third his cup of coffee.
So, how did this trucker respond? Well, not the way you might assume. He calmly rose, picked up his check, walked to the front cashier, laid down his check and money and then went out the door. After picking up the money, the waitress stood and watched as he drove out into the night.
When she returned, growled to her, “Well, he’s not much of a man, is he?” She replied, “I don’t know about that, but he sure isn’t much of a truck driver. He just ran over 3 motorcycles on his way out of the parking lot.”