Sermon on the Mount: Sun Shining

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” ~Matthew 5

Today I see sunshine

Is it shining on you?

Are we both being so perfect

That it’s shining down?

I see that sinner—

It must be raining above

Him

And I am afraid

To say anything to him

.

It might start raining

It might start raining

On me

.

It’s storming outside

Is it storming by you?

Have we both angered God

To cause these torrents of dew?

I see that righteous one—

It must be sunny above

Him

And I want to speak

To gain forgiveness from him

.

Please stop it raining

Please stop it raining

On me

.

Shake your head

At me

Tell me to read

God’s Word

Shake your head

At me

Please rebuke me by

God’s Word

.

It was shining sunlight

Over Job’s head

And yet the sky

Turned blood red

What had he done?

What could he do?

God shines on sinners

And rains on the chosen few

.

Did you know that?

Did I know that?

.

It was shining sunlight

On me, a sinner

And God in His kindness

Rained down tears

On me

I rained down tears

Of repentance

And now I am called

To shine on those all around

Just as God does on me

To be kind and graceful

Towards everyone I see

.

I hope the sun shines

The sun shines on you

~

“16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ~Hebrews 4

32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34And 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. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” ~Luke 6

“30But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’

31Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”~ Luke 5

“1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” ~Psalm 1

“1In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East…

“6One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’

“Satan answered the Lord, ‘From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.’

“8Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.’

9’Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. 10’Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’

“12The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’

“Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” ~Job 1

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