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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, May 19, 2019
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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:
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 our 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.”
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” — Luke 23:24 (NIV)
“Story” – Eileen Thrift (Florida, USA) titled her story “LEARNING TO FORGIVE;” here is a portion of Eileen’s story:
“Many years ago . . . I witnessed a group of adults bullying my mother because she was of Japanese heritage. Even though I was too young to understand why this was happening, I was angry and felt hatred. I knew that if my dad had been home, instead of serving in the military overseas, these people would not have dared to do what they did. . . . It was difficult for me to understand why we, as a family, all had to suffer.
“It took some time for me to understand that as Christians, we are called to forgive those who hurt us or our loved ones. I think one of the hardest things God asks us to do is: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ (Matt. 5:44) as Jesus did on the cross. Though I have never forgotten, I have forgiven those people for the evil they did. For me, it is like a painful wound that has healed, but the scar remains as a constant reminder of what happened. The words of Jesus and his example have taught me a great deal about forgiveness.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I forgive, God heals me.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for forgiving our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Amen.
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