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Active love | Week of July 1st

Hebrews 13:1-3, Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.

From the sermon series: Preparation for the divine service for the departed

Hebrews 13 is the last chapter of the letter that was written to the Hebrews. The writer of this letter comes to some conclusions in this chapter after writing in the previous chapters about why the Hebrews should stay strong in their faith in Jesus Christ as they are being persecuted.

One conclusion that’s presented in Hebrews 13 is to continue in brotherly love. Imagine the Hebrews receiving this letter. They are being persecuted, and are being told to love not only the people that they know and trust, but also strangers! It’s perhaps a hard pill to swallow, but when you study the life of Christ, it becomes clear that love is His motivation and His mission. This is seen in His interactions with men and women, with Jews and Gentiles, even with the outcasts of society. And ultimately, because of Jesus’ love for His Father and for humanity, He sacrificed His life to reconcile the relationship between God and mankind. Love is the overarching message of Christianity. And so we are also called to live out and share this love – one that is filled with compassion, sacrifice, and forgiveness.

Journal Prompt: Search for a Bible verse that speaks to you about God’s love for His people. Pray through this verse for a week and use it as a reminder and motivation to share His love with others.