1st Week of Lent : Saturday 12th March 2022

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God loves without limits or conditions

1st Week of Lent : Saturday 12th March 2022

Deut. 26:16-19; Ps. 118:1-2,4-5,7-8;
Mt. 5:43-48 (Ps Wk I)

Making a covenant with God is not about rules and regulations – it is about establishing a loving relationship with Him.

God made a covenant with the people of Israel and established them as his treasured people. He promised to bless and protect them. For their part, they were to live as God had instructed them – with love, righteousness, and justice. Unfortunately, they were not always up to the task and sometimes failed miserably – just as we do.

But what is God like? Matthew insists that God loves without limit or conditions – no one ‘deserves’ or ‘earns’ God’s love. God does not have enemies and neither should we. We sometimes confuse loving with     liking  – they are not the same. We can love people even when they are not very likeable. Love is practical – desiring the well-being of the other and being willing to treat them with kindness and respect, even when they do not respond in the same way. We are not commanded to be perfect in the usual sense of the word. Here it means whole and complete – in other words, set no limits to your love. Then, and only then, will people be able to tell that we are born of God. Dare to be different and to make a difference by loving as God loves.

Lord, help me to set no limits to my love.

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