Leprosy of the Heart (2 Kings 5:1-27)Pastor Travis Cardwell, February 10, 2013
Part of the The Past is Prologue (Kings) series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Friends, how do you respond to perceived enemies in your life? Do you take the response of the Israelite slave girl who seeks the best interest of her master, Namaan, even though she had every reason to despise him? Or do you take the response of Gehazi who just plays the part and fails to appreciate the grace that God has shown this Syrian ruler? Another reality we are reminded of in this text is our complete inability to make ourselves right. Naaman was a man of power, influence, and success yet his plans to be healed are subverted. We don’t determine how we are saved or how God works, rather we humbly submit to his ways and his will. The beauty of the gospel is that broken and dirty enemies of God are given new life not based on anything they’ve done, but solely on the goodness and righteousness of Jesus Christ!
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