How About This for a Sermon Text?

Bless those who curse you.
          —Luke 6:28

Some of Jesus’ teachings are out of sync with the mindset of our times.

Some of us go to church these days to hear a message that will make us feel good about ourselves. Words like “ought” and “must” and “should” give us the fidgets.

How about this for a sermon text:

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Lk 6:27-28).

Preacher alert for the homiletically challenged: it’s a ready-made four-point sermon.

Love your enemies
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Pray for those who mistreat you

Scripture-based, but a sermon that’s not likely to draw a crowd.

Love. Do good. Bless. Pray.
A quartet that produces beautiful harmony.

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