Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment. He replied:

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

(Mark 12:30)

The apostle John later wrote: ‘if anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.’ (1 John 4:20-21)

These verses demonstrate that God is concerned about the way in which we treat people.

True Christians represent Jesus at all times. They can’t really be one thing on a Sunday and then live as they please the rest of the week. Neither can they conveniently “switch off” when they play football. This would be height of hypocrisy. True believers (albeit imperfectly) live out their faith every moment of every single day.

Football is a competitive game. If football lost it’s competitive edge the

Game would lose it’s thrill. If however, for a Christian the importance of winning comes before our concern to please Jesus, then he has to ask himself “who am I doing this for?”

We most definitely want our games to be competitive, but they must remain fair and played in the right spirit. That way we’ll enjoy it, regardless of our age or ability. The responsibility to play fairly is ours.

It must be FELLOWSHIP first, football second every time for the Christian.