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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Retaliation?

Buckle up as we finish chapter 12!
 
14 "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.            20 Therefore:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
 
I am disappointed but not surprised sadly by the growing intolerance that bubbles below the surface as the news continues to parade violence wherever it can find it.
 
As followers of Jesus we have a role model who behaved much differently than our nature wishes to behave. When Jesus faced enemies He did so with one goal in mind - to reach their hearts. Now He was not always successful. He even lost one of His own disciples. This makes His behaviour even more remarkable. He didn't employ a "kindness strategy" to get guaranteed results. He was who He was. He was love in action. Every look, every touch, every word was designed to disarm hate and awaken love.
 
His behaviour was not affected by our behaviour or by our skin colour, or by our race or place of birth. He was. Unchanging and unchangeable He walked among us, and whether embraced or spit upon He simply loved.
 
What strikes me most about Him compared to us is that where we are reactive He was proactive. We tend to adjust based on outside influences. Not Jesus. He was the influence. He brought calm to chaos, love to hate, compassion to prejudice, truth to error, and action to complacency.
 
We may never win our enemies but that should never lessen our love for them.
 
"As much as is possible as it depends on you live peaceably among all men". Live in the Light and others will be impacted by His reflection.

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