The Pathway of Faith

Luke 6:27-31

27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  NRSV

Jesus’ words here come from the section of Luke’s gospel known as the Sermon on the Plain (6:17-49). It is Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7.

Here, Jesus sets before us the way to live a life of faith, the Jesus way. It is the way one lives as a dweller in the Kingdom of God. Clearly, it is a striking contrast to the ways of the world.

However, this is not just about being nice or going the extra mile. This is all about power. The acts Jesus describes, when they become a way of life, strips everyone around us of their power over us. Jesus prescribes actions that neutralize and disarm the weapons of enemies, haters, bullies and thieves – things like fear, intimidation, retaliation, and valuing possessions over people. L

The Jesus way of love, compassion, understanding, charity, and kindness redefine power, from “power over” to “empowerment” (promoting the self-actualization or influence of others) and shifts its balance toward those who follow the Jesus way.

This is the pathway to being all that God created us to be (our own self-actualization). It is where one finds the true joy and blessing of faith.

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2 thoughts on “The Pathway of Faith

  1. FAITH LOVES…
    Whether it is…
    DESERVED or Not,
    APPRECIATED or Not,
    RETURNED or Not,
    PASSED ON or Not.
    Whether the other Person…
    Ever CHANGES or Not.
    Because this is the way
    God has always loved us.
    – Bro.Carlton

  2. felocarp – On April 30, 2019, I retired as the General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky. I live in Nonesuch, Kentucky with my spouse, Nora, our two golden retrievers, Sawyer and Deacon, and nine chickens. We have four adult children, a son-in-law, three beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson who live in the greater Lexington, KY area. In April of 2019, I accepted a call to be the part-time Director of Disciples Men for Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. On June 16th, I started as the interim minister at Hodgenville Christian Church in Hodgenville, KY. Now I am blessed to serve as their pastor. I am a spiritual director, an organic gardener, committed to trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle as a good steward of God's creation, a woodworker and an avid reader. I am a graduate of Purdue University (B.S. - Environmental Health) and Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div).
    felocarp

    Amen! Beautifully stated. That is faith’s power to transform the world. Thanks, Carlton! God bless!

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