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"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights."
Monday, February 21, 2011
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
If there was someone who had a "right" to fight back and treat others harshly it would have been the Lord. Unjustly arrested, unjustly tried, lied against, unjustly condemned and unjustly crucified. Yet, he prayed for those who persecuted Him.
No where in Scripture do we as New Testament Believers have the "right" to mistreat others, even though (as we believe) they might deserve it. Even God causes His sun to shine and His rain to fall on the evil and the good. If we are to be perfect as our heavenly Father is, it is to love all; even our enemies and those we dislike the most.
Today lets be kind and considerate to those around us, in Christ-like humility.
Father, thank you for your Word. I pray that I will be kind and considerate to others and love them, even though I may not like them. May I love others as You love them, I praise You. In Jesus name, amen.