We’re just going to work our way through this passage verse by verse this morning.
13:1 Let mutual love continue.
What a great place to start a message about walking the Way of Jesus. Let mutual love continue. That’s the heart of is, isn’t it. Mutual love. Mutual love is a beautiful way of paraphrasing Jesus’ third commandment – love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34). It’s not a one-way love, it’s about mutuality. And it’s a message aimed directly at you – the church, the body of Christ in a particular place.
And I love that it says “continue!” – implying that mutual love is already in practice, which, if anyone has looked around this place for any length of time you would see being lived out in abundance. Faith United is rocking this verse! Let your mutual love continue – continue to love one another as Jesus loved – keep up the awesome work and witness!
So we’re doing great at verse 1. How are we doing at the rest of the passage? Pretty good, I’d say. Let’s have a look. It’s a series of exhortations to individuals and the church about how to walk this Way of Jesus. On their surface they’re pretty obvious. It’s kind of motherhood and apple pie stuff. And yet, if we go a little deeper we start to see how counter-cultural and challenging walking this Way can be. read on