“Get off my grass you stinking kids”

I think most of our worlds problematic are reflected in this grouchy old man stereotype

1. You are invading my boundaries

2. You are trampling on what I worked hard to make nice

3. You are showing me no respect

4. You are making me feel old

5. You are making me feel unimportant

6. You are making me feel weak

7. I don’t care what you are doing

8. I don’t care about you

9. You are too loud and rowdy

10. I must have my way

11. There is no love here

12. There is no grace here

13. There is no acceptance here

14. You are not welcome here

15. Leave me alone

16. I do not want you near me

17. MINE!

18. You are not worthy to even touch a blade of my grass

Love the kids more than your grass.

Love those who are different than you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient andkind; lovedoes not envy or boast; itis not arrogant or rude. Itdoes not insist on its own way; itis not irritable or resentful; itdoes not rejoice at wrongdoing, butrejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.  Love never ends.”  ESV

Galatians 5:13-15 “For you were called to freedom, brothers.Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through loveserve one another.  Forthe whole law is fulfilled in one word:“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”  ESV

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.   And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”     ESV

Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?   And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” ESV