Lavish Love Sunday
Love Without Boundaries
Sermon by Pastor Mosley Ogbanga
When we say Love without Boundaries as Christians what does that mean? We cannot go any further to answering that question without knowing what a boundary means. A boundary can be a border, partition, confinement, limits, margins, perimeters stopping us going further. Love in the Christian community is designed to be without all those aforementioned dividing lines(boundaries). In the Scripture we are going to be focusing on today (Luke 10: 25-37), We we’ll see how Jesus described Love and how He expects Us to Love without boundaries.
Luke 10: 25-37 (reading from New Living Translation(NLT))
The Most Important Commandment
25One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Parable of the Good Samaritan
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus identified four people that played different roles in the Jewish Man’s life;
- The Bandits: They were only there to exploit the man.
- The Priest: He was there person in the right position to help the man but he simply crossed to the other side of the road and avoided the problem.
- The Temple Assistant: This one was curious. He walked over and looked at the man lying there but He didn’t do anything thing to help the man.
- The Samaritan: Despite the deep hatred that existed between Jews and Samaritans (Jews considered themselves pure descendants of Abraham, while the Samaritans were considered a mixed race between Jews who intermarried with other nations during their time of exile), this Samaritan expressed love to the Jewish man by stopping and treating him.
As Christians, when we listening to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, there are lessons we must learn from such parables that’ll help us learn how to Love without boundaries;
- Lack of Love is Often Easy to Justify, even though it is Never Right- You cannot justify yourself for not showing love. Anytime you do something for someone and you expect something in return, you’re no longer acting out of love.
- Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed or social background who is in need- Your neighbor is anyone created in the Image and Likeness of God therefore, you cannot properly Love God without Loving your neighbors.
- Love means Acting to meet the Person’s need; there is no good reason for refusing to help- Anytime you love someone or give to someone, God is already there to pay you back. What you say, you will reap. When you do the will of God (follow the greatest commandment), even your enemies will bless you.
In conclusion, we should know that among all the fruits of the spirit mentioned in the Bible, Love is the Greatest (1 Corinthians 13: 1-8). All the possession you have, without Love, it is useless. Love is encouraging one another to be like Christ. Therefore, anyone that has love, has Christ in them because without Christ, you cannot Love. God Bless You!!!