As Christians, we are to be different from other people. If we stop listening to Jesus, we won’t be different. He is the Son of God, He speaks with authority. We are not to be slaves to money or worry but slaves to God.
Small problems can cause massive damage. Paul talks about the issue in this passage. People from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds with a debit of love to each other. Then they come across a roadblock that affects their unity, over meat, the religious calendar and whether it was acceptable for them to drink wine.
Imagine a situation where if you share the message of Jesus, you will be put to death. Paul says ‘submit to the governing authorities’ and ‘overcome evil with good’. How do we do this? He also says ‘let no debt be outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another’.
We may look round and see signs of a society hostile to Christianity and Christians. The bible tells us it was the same in Jesus’ day. We are still called to love deeply and radically in an unloving world even when there is a temptation to pay back evil for evil. Love hates what is […]