The Best Defense is a Good Offense   Luke 6:27-36          (quick sermon notes) 

Last week we talked about the reality of evil in our world.

Today – how we should live in a world polluted with evil

In our world we tend to see a “default setting” of evil

We are quick to anger, but slow to forgive.

We would rather tear down than build up

We would rather talk about someone than to someone.

Our human nature is on full display right now in our election season.

Finger pointing, back biting, gossip, jealousy, anger, suspicion, greed, conspiracy, fighting and MORE are what we do.

As CHRISTIANS these should NOT BE who we are.

We are redeemed.

We are set apart.

We are THE CHILDREN OF GOD – and we should act like His kids.

What if our politicians, corporations, community leaders and/or US acted like God would have us to act?  Especially in times of trouble, competition or Holiday Family Get Togethers?

What if we attacked with an OFFENSE OF GOOD?

Maybe we wouldn’t have to play DEFENSE quite so much

Luke 6:27-36

“But                I say to you who hear,

Love your enemies,

do good to those who hate you, 

bless those who curse you,

pray for those who abuse you. 

To one who strikes you on the cheek,

                        offer the other also,

and                              from one who takes away your cloak

do not withhold your tunic either. 

Give to everyone who begs from you,

and                              from one who takes away your goods

do not demand them back. 

And                             as you wish that others would do to you,

do so to them.

“If you love those who love you,

what benefit is that to you?

For                  even sinners love those who love them. 

And                       if you do good to those who do good to you,

what benefit is that to you?

For                              even sinners do the same. 

And                             if you lend to those from whom you expect to

receive,

what credit is that to you?

Even sinners lend to sinners,

to get back the same amount. 

But                  love your enemies,

and                  do good,

and                  lend, expecting nothing in return,

and                  your reward will be great,

and                  you will be sons of the Most High,

for                                           he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” ESV

1 Peter 3:13-22 “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”

Be Good.

Be BETTER

Trust God

Live for Him – Holy – CLEARLY separated from the evil of the world

BE DIFFERENT

Stop playing so much DEFENSE

Mount a GREAT OFFENSE for the KINGDOM …knowing that VICTORY is Jesus is ASSURED.

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