Some Monday Morning MLK Day Thoughts.

Good morning Church! I hope you are all well today. Yesterday was a sweet time at church, and as one friend said to me later, "the Holy Spirit was thick at church today!" Amen. God's presence was certainly felt, and I continue to be excited to see how God will continue to work in our church throughout 2017.

Today we celebrate MLK Day. In light of this, maybe rereading yesterday's scripture would be appropriate:1Peter 3:8-18. We are reminded by Peter to bless those who commit evil. Repaying evil for evil is not an option for the follower of Christ! Christ himself commands us to love our enemy! Listen to these words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

"Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies."

Church, I am convinced that if we can display the generous, magnificent, earth-shaking act of loving our enemies and offering forgiveness to those who offend us, then we will see a revival on the Outer Banks that is nothing short of Heaven on Earth! Would you join me in prayer this week as we pray for this to take effect in our lives, in our church, and in our community? Commit to praying each day for those whom we struggle to love. Pray that love would pour forth from our lives. Pray that unforgiveness would be broken, and that the Cross of Christ would shatter hate, and that the love of Christ would bring the lost home to the Father!

I love each of you, and I can't wait to see you all next Sunday!

Posted on January 16, 2017 .