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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 23, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus said, “. . . Pray for those who hurt you.” –Luke 6:28 (NLT)
The Jews despised the Romans because they oppressed God’s people, but Jesus told the people to love these enemies. Such words turned many away from Christ. But Jesus wasn’t talking about having affection for enemies; he was talking about an act of the will. You can’t “fall into” this kind of love—it takes conscious effort. Loving our enemies means acting in their best interests. We can pray for them, and we can think of ways to help them. Jesus loved the whole world, even though the world was in rebellion against God. Jesus asks us to follow his example by loving our enemies. Grant your enemies the same respect and rights as you desire for yourself. (NLT)
Luke 6:27-31 – [Jesus said] “But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do for others as you would like them to do for you.”
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. –Luke 6:28 (CEB)
Scott Wierenga (Michigan) titled his story “RESPOND WITH LOVE;” here is a portion of Scott’s story:
“Years ago I worked with individuals who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. Most of my clients were people who had been in motorcycle or car wrecks. . . .
“. . . Their injuries made many of my clients susceptible to sudden outbursts of anger and sometimes violence. Any staff member on the receiving end of an outburst was trained not to take it personally – it was only a symptom of the brain injury. We were trained to remain calm and ignore the outburst. I wondered whether I could apply this knowledge to the rest of my life.
“In today’s reading, Jesus teaches us to turn the other cheek to outbursts from others. People may act out because of a traumatic event or situation in their lives. If we don’t take these outbursts personally, we can follow Jesus’ instruction and example by responding with love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I respond to outbursts of anger with God’s love?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to respond with your love when others lash out because of their pain. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WITH BRAIN INJURIES
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/