The Great challenge

RE Verse reading–Hosea1:1-11, 2:16-23, 3:1-5 (day six)  “Go, show your love to  your wife again, though she is . . .an adulteress.  Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites.” (3:1)  When Jesus asked Peter “do you love me?”  (John 21) He was asking the most important question of all.  It is the center of God’s purpose for us that we learn to love, that we not continue to receive and receive and receive without gratitude or responsibility.  When Jesus commanded Peter to “feed my sheep” He was expressing the second greatest question.  Will you love others because you love me?  It is called the Great Commandment.  It really is the Great challenge.  God loves people who do not deserve His attention.  His love for us is proof.  The great challenge for us who have received His love is to turn that grace gift outward toward others who are equally undeserving.  May the Lord give us courage to do so.  It is the great challenge.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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