Bless the Persecutor #renewalthroughromans #loveanyway because this is how the gospel wins

The kingdom of heaven is not what we would’ve imagined. I’ve often heard it called the upside down kingdom. Why is that? Because in the kingdom of God everything is a response in the opposite spirit to the way the world works. Because of Jesus, everyone is invited to his table. No one is left out. No one is disqualified. No one is marginalized. No one is ignored. No one is left alone. All are invited to his table. 
This is how the kingdom of God works. His arms are open. His love is wide, and it is deep. His desire is that all should know him and none should perish. And what has God tasked us to do on the earth if we are his followers? To be as he is in this world. And that means is we are his hands and feet- a fleshy, earthen expression of God. 

We are ambassadors for the kingdom of heaven. We don’t operate like the world. We are called to love in ways that defy logic. We are called to love in such a way that people are baffled by the kindness and grace we demonstrate to those who don’t deserve it. Why? Because Christ has done the same for us. God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we would become the righteousness of God. That we would be reconciled to him. That we would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God most fiercely loves us. 

How are you inviting others to this upside down kingdom? Now more than ever, the world needs to see the body of Christ be the body of Christ. Love anyway. Wear love. Spread love. Love, love, love no matter what. Yes, we will probably be ridiculed, made fun of, ostracized, and even persecuted or attacked for the ways we love. But we answer to a God who sees. We do not answer to man. We answer to the God of the universe. And he is well pleased with us not just because we do the works, but because he already loved us from the foundation of the world. 

It’s not too much of him to ask of us to love anyway. So friends, I invite you, on a day like today, to love anyway. To love despite the persecution. To love in the face of adversity. It matters. And it is going to make a difference! There is a deep blessing as we love and pray for those who persecute us. Let’s remember God’s promise and hold to his ways of living in this word. Perhaps in blessing those who attack us, we find a holy resolve to see God redeem them.  

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Join us for the month of August as we letter through chapters 12 and 13 of the book of Romans. You can following along on Instagram with @LetteredLifeVerse with the tag #renewalthroughRomans.

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