Saturday 22 January, 2022

Matthew 5:43‭-‬48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour 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.

I am a ‘good’ guy, with a strong sense of ‘justice’. 

When someone does ‘wrong’ to me I start to dream about making things ‘right’ and delivering some ‘good justice’.

To right wrongs done to me seems like such a natural thing to do.

But it is not the way of life Jesus calls me to. He asks for a radically different approach. 

The way of life is to proactively do good and love those who I believe have wronged me! What an impossible task!!

My Father in heaven, only your Spirit can turn my spirit upside down like this. Teach my spirit your ways. And let me see the challenges given to me by enemies as opportunities to become more like you. Amen

Written by Andrew Mellor

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