Defiant Love

The Weary World Rejoices

Matt HammettDecember 19, 2021Love Sermon Details  

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Reconciliation means bringing people together, and often the best way to do that is by expressing empathy, kindness and love. For the last 26 years people all over the world have marked the 16th of December to remember the peaceful end to apartheid and to encourage reconciliation and unity around the world. One of the key leaders of that movement was Bishop Desmond Tutu. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the ending of apartheid. And after apartheid ended, he chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He heard many terrible stories of injustice and pain but was most overcome by the courage of others to say ‘I’m sorry’, and the power of ‘I forgive you’. Desmond Tutu is a beautiful example of someone marked by the defiant love of God, a love that enables us to choose to forgive rather than seek revenge. Our world is in desperate need of people compelled by the defiant love of God to be bridge builders who bring people together. My prayer is that we would increasingly become a people who experience and express the love of God we find in Jesus Christ.

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