Today, we look at a Day 5 text from this year’s summer curriculum, “Transformed Community: God’s Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you break boundaries and love all regardless of what lines we judge that you have crossed. Teach us to live a life that is unbound and accountable to your rule of love and forgiveness. Turn us away from distractions and sin to a life of fullness with you! Amen.
Reading: Luke 7:36-50 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Even though it convicts me, I love the phrase, “Haters gotta be hatin’.” It reminds me of the critical principles that collide in this sacred story. One is that being critical of others often violates the image/law that Jesus cautions us with—“You speak of the splinter in someone’s eye but ignore the log in your own!” It is so easy to judge others shortcomings and faults, but we do not want the same treatment. The second of Jesus’s rules to consider is found in this text, “The one who is forgiven little loves little.” It is a brilliant saying because it traps us in our own false sense of need for serious action and active response. Another way to look at it is, how much have you been forgiven? Is it really a small amount? If it isn’t a small thing (which it most surely isn’t), then why is your response of love to others so small? Forgivers gotta be forgivin’!
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