Luke 10:25-28 (NIV)
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Considering the current state of our country, it may be difficult to do as the law says, "love your neighbor as yourself." This may be particularly difficult because as we see in this passage, Jesus was tested and as a Christian, you will be tested as well. Your faith will be tried, your morals and values will be judged, and your trust in God will be examined. As Robert Schnase summarized in his book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. Today, I encourage you to remain calm and steadfast when you are tested. I encourage you to love your neighbor as you would want to be loved. Most importantly, I encourage you to worship hrough the difficult times because worship transforms minds, opens hearts, and changes behaviors.