Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tall Order

Yes, indeed it's a tall order. One of the most difficult things I have to do as a Christian. It is something in which I do not have any choice but just follow. "Do good to those who hate you," how will I be able to do that? It is so painful even just thinking about it. "Bless those who curse you." Why is it so necessary?? Present the other cheek when someone slapped you? "Lord your enemies and do good to them." I have no more words. I just want to surrender now and let God be God. He knows exactly why he is asking for these things from us. Funny though, as I read through these instructions, I feel a sense of comfort, maybe it's because in between these lines are his own assurance that he is in charge, that he loves me that's why he wants me to walk in holiness with him.

Gospel, Luke 6:27-38

27 'But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.
29 To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic.
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it.
31 Treat others as you would like people to treat you.
32 If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit can you expect? For even sinners do that much.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.
35 Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
36 'Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.
37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing,will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.'

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