Preached by Evan Stewart (00:38)
St Patrick’s Day is not just a holiday to celebrate Irish culture. It is a day to remember the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The light of God came to a whole nation of people because of Patrick’s desire to take the gospel to Ireland. Sixteen hundred years ago, Patrick was stolen from his home as a child and made to live as a slave to tribes in ancient Ireland. Through a miracle of God he escaped and returned home to ancient Britain. Why would he go back to the land of his captivity to help the people who cared nothing for him?
The story of Patrick confronts us with the question, “How is your love for others?”
Do you only love the people you like? Are you willing to forgive the people who have failed to love you? Can you, like Jesus did, love the unlikable? St Patrick’s day is a reminder for us to love like Patrick because Patrick loved like Jesus. Be encouraged as Evan shares how Patrick’s story can inspire to love God more and love others well.
Scripture references: 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5-11; John 3:16; Matthew 22:35-40
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