Love your enemies! Say What?

#Love like#Jesus

Pure love does not see a person’s skin, actions, religion, economic status.

Love is not a feeling or an emotion. It is a decision about how we live our lives within the community of believers and within our own communities. It is about how we treat each other. The most outstanding example of love in the history of the world was shown by Jesus Christ. In John 13:34-35 KJV Jesus tells us to love God, to love one another.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

However, He doesn’t stop there. He goes beyond familial love to extreme love. He tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. What? Oh, but He is not finished. Then He extends the construct to something beyond who and what we are as humans beings. He tells us to love our enemies! Are you kidding me? Love them? Not be afraid of them? Not try to wipe them off the face of the earth? Apparently not, He demonstrated how to love like this all this in his own life by loving even the Pharisees who hated Him and the person who betrayed Him – Judas who betrayed him. As the world spins out of control and throws itself into the tornado of fear and hate, we the children of God MUST be the example of what Jesus taught us to be – LOVE!

Prayer: Lord please give me eyes and a heart like yours. A heart that loves like yours. A heart that loves unconditionally. A heart that sees people as you see them. A heart that is not bound by human conventions and fear, but filled with love for all people. Amen!

Fighting a battle? You don’t have to!

#Fighting a battle?

We don’t have to fight any battles because we are not alone in the strife. Our efforts are useless without the power of God. Think about the city of Jericho.

The occupants thought that they were safe against the Israelites. It was the very fight city that Israel came to after wondering in the wilderness for 40 years. It had tall walls that were presumed to be unscaleable (Joshua 6:1-27).  What did Joshua do? He went to his Refuge and Strong Tower! Why, because God showed himself to be a refuge and strong tower to Moses and Israel before they took it upon themselves to determine that they could not defeat the inhabitants of the city. God spoke, Joshua listened, he told the people, the people did not question him. Not one single sword, nor hammer was used to bring down that wall. The power of God did it. So, my friends, what are you facing today? What is your wall of Jericho that seems insurmountable?  I know that financial challenges are the hardest to deal with. I know what it means to trust God to provide for me in sickness and in health. Emotional problems are also battles that many of us are facing. Just know that God is bigger than all of them. He will not only fight the battle, but He will also win it. You are not alone. You are not the only one who is facing all of the life challenges that you wake up to each morning. Remember that you have the force that raised Jesus from the dead on your side. He can and will keep you safe, calm, healed, and will deliver you. You may feel like a plant that is withering up under the strain of life. Wait for his cool refreshing water patiently. It will come in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will refresh, feed, and restore you. Go to the well! And drink! Then watch your withered soul uncurl like the leaves on a dying plant. You are fortified by the Holy Spirit and surrounded by His might!

Song: Surrounded

Prayer:

Lord, I come to your throne of refuge, mercy, and grace and lay down all of the burdens that surround me. These things are temporal but your everlasting love, power, and strength surround me. I praise and thank you for not leaving me alone in my time of need. I am so thankful that I don’t have to fight battles because you are fighting for me. Amen!

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