May 15, 2015

Encountering Jesus leads to acts of mercy and compassion.

When we look at Scripture it’s like Jesus came into a world bound by external rules and laws. Don’t eat this, don’t eat that, you can only carry so much on the Sabbath or it’s defined as work. Don’t act this way or that way, Don’t become defiled in a lot of different ways, Don’t, Don’t, Don’t, Don’t…

Jesus came into a world full of don’ts saying, “You’ve heard it said…but I say to you…”

If all of our religious life was nothing but a Don’t Factory then chances are we wouldn’t encounter Jesus very often.

Jesus seemed more concerned with internal love, more concerned with how to Be.  Be kind, be loving, be giving, be merciful, be my witness…Jesus did give us some don’ts but they were positive don’ts…don’t worry, don’t doubt, don’t fail to forgive as many times as necessary, don’t hate, don’t waste your talents…

Jesus’ example is to find resolution to all of the issues we encounter in him.  If we live by the Don’t rule, we usually miss that.

Peace

Jim

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