How can we love our neighbor as the scriptures direct. Quite simply, we can’t; that is, without God’s help. It is God’s love for us which give us the freedom to love God and others.
Freedom offers us and leads us from sin, from oppression, from tyranny, from excessive taxation, from conscripted service, from a forced religion, from an excessive government, and from contrived education. There is no perfect freedom and we must respect all faiths and religions. Our mind needs something to compare without just blind faith. We should not become part of the “nanny state” wherein someone wants to tell us everything we are to do. Our life should teach to open minds, not causing one to lose their freedoms.
Freedom offers us the right to serve, to love, to pray, to sacrifice, to succeed, to forgive, and to fail. We do not have to do these freedoms, but we choose to do these behaviors in loving our neighbor. Everyone is our neighbor. One can only serve to the best of one’s ability. We always have a choice of what we do in life. Never stop praying and exhibit sacrifice in doing for one another. Forgiveness is the greatest trait since we were forgiven by the Lord. Hence, the Lord’s Prayer is spoken and commanded.
Freedom is given for us to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit. Not only has Christ set us free to stand firm but also so show and exhibit the traits God directs us to show to one another. Through what God has given us, we find our strength. If we live by the spirit, le us also be guided by the spirit.
In one’s life we are given the freedom to follow the examples of God. We strive to bring people hope again. We pray that God keep us close to Him so that others will see God’s love through our words and deeds.
Friend or stranger, all are welcomed to come to Good Shepherd Lutheran as a place to worship. Whether you attend the Contemporary Service at 8:30 a.m., the Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. or the Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m., Pastor Wally and the congregation encourage your attendance.