Thursday, April 6th, 2022
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”~Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)
“One of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” ~Luke 22:50-51
Bible Reading • Luke 22:47-53
“While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
Challenge 🤔 Questions
As you reflect on Jesus’ love for His enemies, who is “the enemy” in your life?
- This is a very personal question, I have lamented on it for some time; for some this may be an easy question to answer while others it could be rather difficult. My personal hope is that I do not have enemies; however, none of us can truly know our enemies unless they come right out and tell us. I have absolutely no power or control of another’s feelings towards me. I believe this strikes at the core of the question, I can only control my feelings and my actions. Jesus taught us to love everyone, Jesus was able to know the truth of others and that truth did not alter His love. He loved Judas in while knowing he would betray him. Jesus loved His disciples while knowing some would doubt and deny him; Jesus broke bread with them, washed their feet and prayed for them. Jesus is teaching us and telling us that love is at the very center of all things.
What would it look like for you to love and do good to them this week?
- One of the most important things I can do is pray. Pray for my personal accountability of my thought and actions. Pray for transparency and honesty with others. I can pray for my friends, family, coworkers, leaders of my county, state and country. I can pray for world leaders. I can simply talk with God, through words, thoughts, song and silence…listening intently to the Holy Spirit. Listening is as important as (speaking) praying, that my friends is the completeness of what communication is meant to be. Much like the ebb and flow of the ocean/lake in perfect harmony.
Go and do it.
📕 • 📗 • Further Study • 📘 • 📙
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Love for Enemies
Peace and Hope
The Believers Freedom
1 Corinthians 10:24,32-33 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2010:24,32-33&version=NIV
Hello friends, thank you for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow. ~ Peace Be With You!
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.