Sermon on Luke 6.32-36
Title: Credit Line With God
#. 3 examples of what is no credit because the sinners do it too.
Love those who love you
#. Do good to those who do good to you
#. Lending to those who will do the same
Do the opposite
Do Good to enemies
Lend without expectations
Reward will be sons of the Most High
He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
To sum it all up.
Be merciful as your Father is merciful.
Sermon Theme: Give godlike generosity
Goal: to encourage followers of Christ to give unconditional generosity
Need: Giving as the ‘sinners’ will leave us bankrupt, with no reward.
Pre Approved by Mr Mastercard
Christian pre approval program.
God’s reward plan
Continue to offer God’s reward plan to others.
Four simple letters.
L O V E.
Four simple letters.
We all know what it means.
Why can’t we get it together to really love.
As human beings we have known that being accomplished in the skill of loving is best for everyone.
Whether its wars across the oceans.
Feuds in our families.
*Or unresolved problems in our friendships, we humans haven’t figured out unconditional love have we?*
John Claypool in one of his books writes about two brothers.
These two were nearly inseparable.
Growing up, they were close in age.
They were best friends.
They went to the same schools.
They played the same games, they even wore the same clothes.
As they grew into adulthood their father passed along the family business to the two of them.
They were storekeepers.
All the other shops were envious of the way these two brothers were able to work together and succeed together.
One day a customer came into the store and bought something for a dollar.
Shows how old the story is, huh.
One of the brothers took the money and set it on the register.
After a he took care of a couple of other things he came back to the register remembering he had left the dollar sitting there.
It was no where to be found.
And then the drama began.
He asked his brother if he had seen the dollar.
The brother said, “no.”
A little later… are you sure you didn’t do something with that dollar.
“No, I am sure.
You were the one at the register.
What did you do with it?”
You could talk to either one about it and they would say, “that was just the beginning of a whole string of breaches of trust.”
Conversations couldn’t repair the relationship.
Anger just grew between these now enemies who were partnered together.
The dissolved the partnership.
You could visit their town for 20 years and find two small, struggling competing general stores.
*Instead of love, we so often burden ourselves with believing we have to hold a grudge against some enemy.*
Is it enemies in the family?
Where are my ‘enemies?’
Where are your toughest people to love? *What burden are you holding inside yourself against them that stands in the way of LOVE.*
The Bible tells us to erase the debt of hate we hold against others.
We are reminded of how awesome it is to use God’s credit line.
It’s an unconditional credit line of Love.
Our passage begins with the command to love your enemies.
And also the golden rule… verse 31.
Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
In the following verses at the end of our passage we have this awesome comparisons between two pre approval programs for the credit line of love.
*The first is Mr. Mastrecard’s pre approval plan for credit.*
We know exactly what this sort of pre approval plan is like.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what your tax bracket you fall into, you can get pre approved for some sort of credit.
College students whose net worth is five figures in the negative can get credit.
The condition to this pre approval is that an inability to pay wipe our your balance and they will start adding 30% interest.
Mastercard’s preapproval plan doesn’t discrminate because they are expecting to make money by doing this.
Mastercard isn’t just so generous that they want to help everyone out.
They want to make a buck.
The US’s financial system is in a mess because that is the conditions on credit.
Freddie Mac needs to get his money back from you and then some.
When people default on their mortgages, Freddie Mac doesn’t get his money.
And Freddie Mac goes broke.
How often don’t we loan out our love in the same way.
*I can give love to you as long as I know its going to be a recipricol thing.*
That was actually common in Jesus day.
They didn’t think there was anything morally wrong with being kind to someone simply so that they would feel like they had to be even more nice to you.
Good deeds done for others were often done only so that the favor would be repaid with interest.
Mastercard’s, Freddie Mac’s way of doing things shouldn’t be the way we show love.*
*Verse 32. 32**“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.
**33**And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?
Even ‘sinners’ do that.
**34**And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?
Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.
Its no credit to you at all in the greater scheme of things if the only ones you dole out wads of love to the people you expect favors from.
It might feel good, but anyone can do that.