Love your neighbour as yourself


In the Children's Story, we were reminded that tablets are used to store information.  However, tablets used many years ago were made of slate and the information recorded could be easily wiped out.  A new use/start could be made of the tablets.

The Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-5 included in verses 1&2  "1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  A reminder that none of us are perfect and without sin, and in need of forgiveness.

The theme of the sermon continued Half Truths #4 in the bible, included the often quoted “Love the sinner, hate the sin”.  The latter quote implies that the imperfect person is worthy of our love, but their imperfection is not.  To do this requires our judgment of what is imperfect or sinful.  It would also put each of us  at risk of being judged.  While we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  We have all been given a new start/beginning, by His grace.

God's commandment to us is to love our neighbour as ourselves.  We need to practice it.

Barbara S.