5th Sunday of Easter – John 13:31-35
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
Jesus says we are to love others, all others, the same way he loves us. He loves us unconditionally, always, and in a forgiving way. He loves us to death. He loves us as friends. He loves us as one who wants the best for us. And by us, it means all of us – even those who don’t know it, believe it, or act like it.
Stewardship in our community
Society needs love; Jesus’ kind of love. The kind of love that is accepting, forgiving, and unmerited. It is easy to love those who love us, or those who are kind to us, or those who accept us, but Jesus commands (yes, commands) us to love those who couldn’t care less about us, those who treat us badly, and those who reject us.
Stewardship in practice
By imitating Jesus’ kind of love, people will know we are followers of Jesus. We model Jesus’ kind of love when we forgive without being asked, when we seek the best for those we may not consider worthy, and when we step up to protect those who are abused, hurt, and exploited. Will people know you are a follower of Jesus by your love?