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Jun
3
Fri
9:30 am Sewing Day, Hospital Visiting @ St Stephen's Anglican Church
Sewing Day, Hospital Visiting @ St Stephen's Anglican Church
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
A sewing day has been organised to prepare items for delivery to maternity hospitals. We need as many people to help as possible, please come between 9:30am to 3:00pm as you are available. If you[...]
Jun
10
Fri
7:00 am Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Jun 10 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
MU Sydney will be holding a Market Day Stall on 10th June in Town Hall Arcade. Donations of hand made items to sell on the stall would be very much appreciated. Funds raised will help[...]
Aug
26
Fri
10:00 am Council Meeting 2016 @ St Andrew's Cathedral Chapter House
Council Meeting 2016 @ St Andrew's Cathedral Chapter House
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 9:30am in the Chapter House. MU Sydney Executive members will report on activities of MU Sydney during the year. We will meet and hear from one of[...]
Nov
25
Fri
10:00 am Advent Service @ St Philip's
Advent Service @ St Philip's
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
You are invited to join us at this service. St Philip’s Church Hill is at 3 York Street Sydney. The Church is a very short walk from Wynyard Railway Station where you can either use[...]
Dec
2
Fri
7:00 am Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Market Day Stall @ Town Hall Arcade
Dec 2 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
MU Sydney will be holding a Market Day Stall on 2nd December 2016 in Town Hall Arcade. Donations of items that can be purchased by our customers as Christmas gifts would be very much appreciated.[...]

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Wednesday’s Word

Reflections on Jesus teaching in Matthew 5

Matthew 5:43-45: You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven

Reflection: 

This idea is counter-cultural to virtually every culture that has ever existed.   Humans have a strong sense of belonging, and develop a ‘them and us’ mentality wherever they are. Loving those around us who can help us and protect us makes sense. Hating those who threaten our welfare and security also makes sense, but that isn’t Jesus’ way.

Jesus’ way is God’s way, and he cares for everyone he has created, even those who actively reject him and try to encourage others to reject him too.

The problem is how do we achieve love for our enemies? I can control my actions, but my feelings don’t always obey my will. Jesus tells us how in the second part of his command. We are to pray for those who persecute us. It’s very hard to maintain hatred for someone when we are praying for them regularly. Try it.

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, I find it hard enough to love my neighbours, and I know I can’t love my persecutors in my own strength. Please give me your strength and your love to obey your command and follow your example. Amen.

 

This devotion and previous devotions in the series are available on the MU Sydney Facebook page.

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