Church of the Living God – Susan Cook

 Our morning started with prayer. Then we lifted our requests to the Lord. Sister Linda taught the adult Sunday school class and Sister Susan taught the youth class. We sang songs of praise to our Savior, and their were several special songs this morning.

Pastor Lonnie brought God’s message from Matthew chapter 5, verses 43-48. We are taught in many scriptures to love our neighbor, but these words of teaching from Jesus show us so much more about God’s true love for all of us. “But I say unto you, love your enemies…” (verse 44)  Does Christ only love those who love Him? What about the ones who don’t believe, the ones who rebel, the ones who slander His name, the ones who hate Him. What about Christs’ enemies? Does He love them? The answer is yes. Christ loves all of us. If you don’t believe that just remember who you were before you met Him. We are instructed in verse 48 to be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect. If God’s love was only for the ones who love Him there would be no hope for so many souls. 

When we encounter people who do not love us, who try to tear us down, who are our enemies, we should show God’s love for them. Pray for them, and beyond that we should pray God’s blessings on them. We are not the ones to decide who deserves God’s love, and in turn our love. We are to love as Christ loves. If we only love those who love us what reward will we gain? It is when we reach out with Christs’ love to the ones who are our enemies, the ones who hate us that we can show them God’s perfect love. The same love He showed each of us when we came to Him. When we truly learn to love as God loves, our reward will be knowing we have shown love for our Lord as He has shown for all.

Our evening service started with prayer. We sang praises to our God. Pastor Lonnie brought God’s message from Psalms chapter 125. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.” The Lord surrounds us with His protection just like the mountains around a great city, to protect us from our enemy, Satan. We are safe if we trust in His protection. So many times we think we can take care of ourselves and we don’t trust in God’s protection. That is when we start to wander out past the mountains. We “put our hand forth unto iniquity”. (verse 3) Trying to stand up against Satan on our own has never worked and will never work. On our own we are not strong enough. 

Let us never forget that God’s protection is the only thing that can save us. He has us surrounded. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking you are strong enough on your own. Don’t reach out past His protection. Trust that God will always be round about you.