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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 22, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
By telling us not to retaliate, Jesus keeps us from taking the law into our own hands. By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good.
Jesus says we are to love our enemies. If you love your enemies and treat them well, you will truly show that Jesus is Lord of your life. This is possible only for those who give themselves fully to God, because only he can deliver people from natural selfishness. We must trust the Holy Spirit to help us show love to those for whom we may not feel love. (NLT)
Matthew 5:43-48 – [Jesus said] “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
The following is a portion of Steve Collier’s (Kentucky) story:
“. . . But we sometimes fall into believing that only we are blessed, and we too readily look down on other people. Or, we wonder why others’ prayers are being answered immediately when ours are delayed. And when we do so, we miss the mark, forgetting God’s abundant and equal love. . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God loves us all equally.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to accept your love gratefully and enable us to love others as you love them. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO ACCEPT GOD’S LOVE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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