SERMON SHORT for May 19th, 2019

SERMON SHORT for May 19th, 2019

HOW FAR DOES LOVE GO?

Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35

             “Love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus was able to model love for pretty well everybody – even, maybe especially, the seemingly un-loveable. Peter received a vision that convinced him and his audience that anything God created is to be loved and accepted. The Gentiles and the foreigners; those viewed by all as unclean, unholy or undesirable are to be included in the kingdom.

For us? Are we open to those that our wisdom and our feelings tell us to be unacceptable, undesirable – un-lovable? For some that may be someone in their own family who has hurt them beyond words. For others it may be the nameless pan handlers and refugees who beg at our doors. For still others it may be an employer, a debtor, or any group that has done us or our world an injury.

          How far does our love go?