As I prepared today’s passage from Leviticus 19, it reminds me of the one thing we have in common, no matter where we are from.
First, who knows this song:
“Loving can hurt. Loving can hurt sometimes. But it’s the only thing that I know. When it gets hard. You know it can get hard sometimes. It is the only thing that makes us feel alive.”
Who agrees with me that loving people is not easy? Although in my self-introduction, I always say “Hi I’m Lilian and my nickname is Love (That’s why I named today’s sermon Love is Our Nickname), undeniably love is so challenging. If we are not intentional in loving others, we will soon find ourselves spending a lot of time and money on making ourselves happy and comfortable, while being angry all the time.
Why is love so challenging? Here’s the answer that I’ve found in the Bible. Love is challenging because the standard of love is God. And we can’t meet that standard unless He helps us.