Cultivate Love; Be Victorious (04302023)
NCCSA Elementary Fine Art
Loose Change Offering: Kinyonga Family
Teacher Appreciation / Connection Group Leaders
Text Reading: Romans 12:9-21.
Title: Cultivate Love; Be Victorious
_______________ made havock of the church!
Cultivate love...Avenge not yourselves.
If we practice Paul’s teaching, as given above, the real victory will be ours. There are these two alternatives, you see. We could respond to abuse like our human nature would incline us, with retaliation. But in so doing we ourselves would become evildoers, and thus we would be overcome by evil. Evil would triumph. Or we can respond, as Paul has urged us, with meekness and patience, “punishing” the persecutor only by our deeds of loving service to him. In so doing, the good has prevailed: first in ourselves, and then—hopefully—even in the winning of the enemy to our faith.
It was in this very way that God reacted to Calvary. The cross represents the very highest manifestation of the hatred in the heart of man toward God. At the same time it represents the very highest manifestation of the love in the heart of God toward man. That very spear which pierced the Saviour’s side drew forth the blood that saves.