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Day #5 – Turn It Right Side Up by the Spirit

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Matthew 5:43-47

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 children 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 own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:3-4

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Reflection

If someone is wronged, then payback is expected.  We see this attitude in life and even more in movies.  When someone is difficult, mean, or rejects us or hurts us, the world says to get revenge.  When we rejected and hurt Jesus, His response was totally unexpected - He loved us, died for us and was resurrected so that might truly live and love.  We are to not seek revenge, rather we are to turn it right-side up by loving others practically as Jesus loved us.  How can we do this when relationships are so difficult? We do this by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit as we acknowledge our deep need for the Spirit and truly mourn over the difficult relationships that we do have. Then we see that when “He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself” - Corrie ten Boom.

Responding to the Word

God loves those who reject Him. Unless we receive this same love, cannot do the same. Let’s pray that we would seek God in our broken relationships and find healing and rest. Then, he will empower to love others, especially those who hurt or reject us, with the same love that saved us. 

Day #4 – Cut Off the Old

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Day #3 – God’s Good Agenda

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Day #2 – No More Walls Between Us

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Day #1 – The One True Love

Monday, April 8th, 2013