The Princess Bride: Revenge

Pastor Chris Seay leads us in a reflection on The Princess Bride and Christ's words about loving our enemies. Christ teaches us the only way to end the cycle of violence in the world: choosing forgiveness over revenge. When we choose revenge, we find not only that we continue the cycle in the world but also in our own hearts, as retaliation is futile method in finding peace.

Text

Matthew 5:38-48

Proverbs 12:16

1 Peter 3:8-9

 

Reflection and Practice

Pastor Chris challenged us to find an anonymous way to bless someone who has wronged us or we often consider the "other" or "enemy." Perhaps it is an anonymous gift card, or pizza, or kind note. Challenge yourself to find something good in the other, no matter how hard it is. In this, you are inviting yourself, even in the smallest way, to break the cycle of violence we are so often complicit in.

In the same spirit, we are invited this week into a meditation of forgiveness. I would invite you this week to take a few minutes and begin by inviting the Spirit to shed light on some of your darkest parts. Then, for the next few minutes, invite Love into each of those places. This may be hard, and we encourage you to provide yourself grace in this exercise and only do so much as you are able at a given time. Ask God for the strength to forgive and break the cycles, even those you may not be aware of yet.

 

Worship Set 

I Shall Not Be Shaken

Come Thou Fount

We Will Feast

In Christ Alone

Trinity Song

House Of God Forever

Benediction