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LIFE- It’s more than a game – July 21

As we continue to discuss and ponder how we can be a force for good, I find myself asking so many questions.

Does do good mean go deeper?

Does it reference bettering ourselves so we can become more compassionate and empathetic?

Can we grow into people who have a better grasp on the mercy gift so we can serve, connect and love completely?

I realize this is a lot of questions, and I have more….In its most basic form and most elementary fashion, what does it mean to do good? Does it mean pray more often, push ourselves out of our comfort zones and do ANYTHING we wouldn’t normally do? Here’s what came up for me.

Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Yikes! Love my enemies? I donate money, I make meals for others, I’m polite, I pray for people when they are struggling. I’m GOOD, right?

Nope. Sigh.

Jesus said “love your enemies” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” Do I do that ALL the time? An enemy does not have to be someone you hate or even dislike. They may just be someone who is not so easy to love. We are called to see Christ in others no matter what. No matter our mood or who they are, whether or not they agree with us or even like us (I really struggle with this one). We are called to love everyone and to treat them as our brother. That means being a force for good in all aspects of our lives, not just the easy stuff. — Erica DePalma

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Is God calling you to go deeper?
  2. Is He asking you to do something that’s not so easy and totally outside of your comfort zone?
  3. How do we encourage each other to push past our fears and do the good work?
  4. Have you had a positive experience of following God’s nudge and doing something out of character for you?

 

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