Living Lives Of Love… .Following The Example Of Jesus

Our nation is divided…
We are yelling at one another…
It seems that we can’t talk to one another…
In a time of unrest.. in a time of discord, we all need to be reminded of the greatest way to live… it is a life filled with love.
In Ephesians 5:2, the apostle Paul challenges the Christians in Ephesus to “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” Think about that… What does a life filled with love look like? What does it mean to follow the example of Christ?
It’s a life of giving. Recently a man came into the car dealership with a t-shirt that read, “Live Generously.” The shirt had been given to him by a Lutheran church in Wisconsin where he once attended. “Live Generously…” that’s a good challenge for us as well. Don’t be greedy or selfish… live generously.
Paul said we should follow the example of Christ. Ok, how did Jesus live and what did He teach?
Jesus gave His life…. think about that… Jesus gave His life for our sins. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. If we follow the example of our Lord, we are willing to make sacrifices. We are willing to help others.
Dr. Jim Futral, Executive Director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, once told a story about a church in New Orleans, La that was very divided over some issue. A business meeting was called to vote on the issue. Word got out in the congregation and it was expected this business meeting could be tough.
The night came for the meeting and lots of people began filling the sanctuary. Some hadn’t attended in some time. As the floor was opened for discussion, people began to speak. Tempers flared. Angry words were spoken. The tension was deep.
But then, in an attempt to defuse the tension, a man went to the piano and softly began to play. The song he played was…
“Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, In my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
I want to be a Christian in my heart.
Lord I want to be more loving in my heart, In my heart.
Lord I want to be more loving in my heart, In my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.”
As the song filled the air, church members go up and went to the altar to pray. And, the tension began to lessen. Discord and bitterness was replaced with Christians praying.
We need the same today in America. The tension and discord.. the name calling.. needs to lessen and we need to have hearts of love… following the example of Jesus.

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