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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton

The Last Word

July / August 2018

The Football World Cup is here, for some that means this will be a great summer with endless football on the television, others will try to avoid it as much as possible. I have my chart ready to fill in the results and see how countries progress, though by the time you read this it may be over!

Such events remind us of the world we live in, the countries and some of the character of people from those countries. We see pictures of fans in traditional dress, carrying flags and other symbols from their country and hopefully it will be a true celebration. However there is another side to it, if you have watched any of the programmes about the host country Russia you will know that there is a suggestion that Russia is held together by fear of the West, making the West their enemy and uniting to defend the “motherland”. Throughout history it has been the case that having a common enemy is the thing that keeps a country together, united. Another recent news item showed a selfie that Miss Iraq had taken with Miss Israel, as a result of that Miss Iraq and her family had to leave Iraq because of death threats, a further reminder that some people have an interest in keeping others their enemies.

Rising above our human nature requires something special, and this is where Jesus comes in. His word is that our unity comes from God and the desire to serve each other, to love others as we would have them love us. It isn’t easy, but next time someone annoys you, or makes like difficult for you rather than turning them in to an enemy ask yourself “what can I do to love them? “

Every blessing,

Peter



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