The Rule Of Love (Matthew 7:12)Ken Miller, November 30, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The natural way to love is to not do things to others because we do not want it done back to us. An example of this is Mutual Assured Destruction. Here is part of the Wikipedia article about MAD: The doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) assumes that each side has enough nuclear weaponry to destroy the other side; and that either side, if attacked for any reason by the other, would retaliate without fail with equal or greater force. The expected result is an immediate irreversible escalation of hostilities resulting in both combatants’ mutual, total, and assured destruction. The doctrine further assumes that neither side will dare to launch a first strike because the other side will launch on warning (also called fail-deadly) or with secondary forces (a second strike), resulting in unacceptable losses for both parties. The payoff of the MAD doctrine is expected to be a tense but stable global peace.
God calls us to a much higher love—one that is unnatural. A demonstration of this love is Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. Jesus did not get anything out of it.
Am I partial? Do I treat others as they treated me? We are called to love at all times, all people with all of us. We must ask and knock to be able to demonstrate this kind of love.
What if God would wait to reach out to us until we had somehow measured up to His standards? This is what we often do, but that is not how God’s love works.
This unnatural love comes only from God. This process starts with us choosing to think positive thoughts about the “irritating” people in our lives. The true follower of Christ chooses this kind of love. We are called to love others before they love us.
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (ESV)