July 4, 2022 – Summer of Love

John 15:9-17

This is my command: Love each other.

This past weekend Pastor Jim gave a powerful message about today’s scripture.  He perfectly set us up for this sermon series and study.  He talked about how the command is simple, “Love each other,” but is not simplistic.  This is so true!  Have you ever really thought about what it means to follow this command?  I don’t know about you, but this is hard.  It is hard to love each other.  Sometimes it is hard to love the people we are close with.  It is often hard to love the people we are acquainted with.  It is almost always hard to love those we do not know.  Working on loving others is something we have to work on each day.  Something we have to strive for.  Something that we have to lean in on Jesus to be able to accomplish.  Take a moment to watch this video with a few more thoughts on this idea. 

This week we will be looking at different scriptures that point back to this command.  I hope you make it your goal for this week to be a week when you attempt to radically love everyone. 

So What Activity #1 – Sign up for our Great Divide class if you are able.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to grow in your love of others.  You can click here to sign up.

So What Activity #2 – Perform a random act of kindness in the community, today! 

Need help with ideas:

  • Leave money on a vending machine for someone
  • Bake cookies for someone who is lonely. 
  • Pick up litter
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  • Give a stranger a compliment
  • Buy flowers to hand out on the street
  • Leave letters of encouragement on people’s cars
  • Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant
  • Leave your waiter a generous tip
  • Make an appointment to give blood

Happy 4th of July! Be Safe!

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