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Won't You Be My Neighbor

Sep 03, 2017 | Matt Irvine

Bursting the Bubble (Won't You Be My Neighbor - Week 5)

This lawyer has lived his life in his bubble. But, his bubble was not about personal space thing.

Because, from his perspective, eternal life - the good life - a life that would honor God means staying away from everything that would make him dirty. It means following all the rules, staying clean, and trying to convince everyone else to live like him. This is why walking by on the other side would make sense to him. His bubble was meant to keep bloody, beat up, dying people outside. His bubble was meant to keep him focused on keeping things clean.

Σπλάγχνον--splangkh´-non – it literally means “to have the bowels yearn.”

ἔλεος -- el´-eh-os

The Greek term for mercy, eleos, is often used to characterize the action of God’s faithfulness. To be merciful is to be like God; to give because someone has need, not because someone deserves.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

Romans 12:9-21

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;

   I will pay them back,”

   says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

   If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap

   burning coals of shame on their heads.”

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

What if your neighborhood had this kind of rating online? You could actually measure and compare the kind of neighbors you were getting?!

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Everyone wants a good neighborhood.

Good neighborhoods don’t just happen. They’re created by good neighbors.

Jesus’s tells us to be that good neighbor.

The bubble needs to change. But, that starts with the bubble being filled by God.

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