Weekly sermons from Grace Fellowship Church of West Toronto
The Love Test
Love is Relentlessly Optimistic
Our love for others is so often conditioned upon what we think of them or how they are treating us. But Christian love ought not be like this. One of the hallmarks of this love is its relentless optimism. It refuses to give up just because the other is acting poorly. Sure, there are times to be cautious and prudent, but love is excessively hopeful in the others. May God give us more and more of this, so we can become more and more like Him.
The Circle of Love
The world can be an overwhelming place, especially for a tenderhearted Christian who wants to obey the Lord and love people. The burning question is, “Which people?” And with how much love? Am I required to love orphans in Istanbul with the same level of commitment and sacrifice with which I love my spouse? How does a finite person face a world in need of infinite love? Using concentric circles, Christians can roughly map out who they need to love and when. It is not perfect, but having a plan is better than being completely paralyzed.
Love the Weak
Widows, orphans, immigrants, the disabled. There are “weak” people in all of our lives and God calls on us to love them. This can be a tad unnerving. Love them? Not just tolerate them, or help them or pay for their food? Love them? This is the call and way to do it is rather simple.
Love Your Enemy
Many regard the command to love our enemies as the highest expression of Christian love, and for good reason. Loving an enemy roots our entirely in God and not within any aspect of the subject of our affection. This is the most God-like our love ever becomes, since He loved us while we were still His enemies.
Loving the Lost
Jesus didn't just talk about how much he loved the lost, he demonstrated his love by seeking and saving the lost. Just as he was sent by the Father, he now sends us to join him on this mission.