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Day 5: The Spirit Enables Us to Love Our Enemies

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Matthew 5:38-48 (TNIV)

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Reflection:

This passage from the Sermon on the Mount gives some concrete examples of what it means to live out the way of the cross on a daily basis. These are not to be followed as a list of dos and don’ts, but an encouragement of what it means to live by the Spirit. We don’t need to be bound by how we are treated by others but we are free instead to forgive and serve even our enemies. As we follow the Spirit’s leading and worship the Lord each day, may we trust that this is God’s plan for our lives.

Response:

Thank God that He gives us strength to live lives of freedom and power, empowering us to love even those who mistreat us. Pray for even more of His power to transform us to live the life of the cross in greater measure, especially if you are dealing with a difficult situation of conflict today.

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