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- On one of my very rare days off, I went to get a treat from a local eatery.
- In doing so, I had an encounter with a cashier who was less than helpful when taking my order, which is a “spiritual trigger” for me. The enemy and my flesh knows that all too well!
- The Lord also knows that, and I’m certain this was a “pop quiz” from Him in applying Matthew 5:43-48.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
How we treat others who mistreat us is a barometer of our love and maturity in Christ.Tweet
BCUFam, big battles and big testimonies are a part of many of our lives, and we thank God for them. Just as important are the day-to-day interactions we have, in respect as to how we treat people who mistreat us. It is easy to bicker, quibble, wrangle, and verbally spar with others as a way to prove we are right or to avenge ourselves. While the Lord gives us permission to speak up in a firm way as needed, the love we have for Jesus and people will have us conduct ourselves that honors God. And yes, sometimes we may feel that throwing napkins, telling someone off, or flipping a table will avenge us, but if we love, bless, do good and pray instead, we will be called the children of our Father in Heaven and the Lord will take care of our enemies (see Luke 18:1-8). Amen? Amen!
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