Sermon Text: Matthew 5:21-37
That our lives may pulse with vitality that echoes your own
O Christ, we are continuously tempted to push the limits to see how close to the fringes of fidelity we can come without courting judgment or catastrophe.
You call us to another way. You call us to lives in which hearts and minds are deeply tuned to the desire of God and in which obedience is offered as a response of gratitude and gladness.
Tune our lives so that they pulse with vitality that echoes your own. Remove violence from our hearts. Remove our lust for control over others, especially those who appear more vulnerable than us. Eliminate our desire to treat relationships as disposable commodities when we grow tired of them. Enable us to speak truthfully, without qualifying our words in ways that manipulate others.
Enable us to follow You in every practice of faithfulness. Amen.