I know a lot of us have wondered if we would ever have the opportunity to use some of the math we learned in high school.
Honestly, I do not really remember a lot of what we studied. But, there is one aspect of math that I do recall.
We studied something called “If-Then Statements”. Essentially, an If-Then statement is a conditional statement with a hypothesis followed by a conclusion. Another way to define a conditional statement is to say, “If this happens, then that will happen.”
A lot of us have experienced the fact that if we treat someone kind, then they will treat us with kindness. If we try to make someone happy, then they are more likely to reciprocate. If we show respect, then someone may show us respect.
But, some of us have seen this play out in other ways. If we did not show respect, then someone did not show us respect. If we did not perform like someone wanted, then maybe they did not show kindness or love.
If-Then statements as it pertains to conditional love is something that is pretty common. We love people who love us. But, it is much more of a struggle to love people who do not love us. Yet, this is exactly the kind of love that Jesus has for us and the kind of love that Jesus calls us to have for others.
Jesus changes the entire If-Then narrative.
This coming Sunday, we will be continuing our “Traders” teaching series with a sermon entitled “Trading Our Conditions”.
This coming Sunday’s sermon will be online at 10:30 am. You can join us in three different ways: