43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor 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.
It is hard to love those who persecute us, those who wish us not well, those who put us down or work against us… It is very hard. In our weak human nature we tend to do just the same to them as they do to us. But, having our hearts in Christ and having of His spirit changes how we see our enemies. If we truly are the followers of Jesus Christ we will love and pray for our enemies, and that is what sets us apart from the rest and makes us children of our Father in heaven who’s love knows no limits.
“13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
Yes, we are called to be free, but we enslave and imprison our selves with a way of life we think it’s right, with the clothes we think we should wear, with the car we think we should drive, with the amount of success we think we need to be happy. And God forbid, we fail to achieve what we think is right, the whole world falls apart and we become desperate and broken. We are the inmates in our very own prisons. But, there is hope! We are called to be free and the only way to be truly free is to be free in Jesus, to love one another, to let go of our selfish wants and desires, to let Jesus direct our paths and to fully trust that His plans for us are much better than our own.
It’s not an easy job to guard your heart nowadays. We are surrounded by things that easily can poison us spiritually and physically. We all know what those are. So, let’s keep our eyes on the Lord. He is a source of Purity and Hope. We will ask Him for help, we will ask Him to strengthen us, and to remove all that doesn’t belong in our hearts. Let’s fill our hearts with Jesus, so love, compassion, peace and justice can flow out into the broken world.
LORD, let me see people through your eyes. Let my words and actions seek to uplift others whose load may be heavy and hard to carry today. Let Your Love shine through me today and always. Thanks for blessing me LORD, so I can be a blessing to others. In Jesus name i pray. Amen.
“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Through Jesus Christ, God reconciled us to himself not counting our sins against us. In this passage we are called to be Christ ambassadors, His messengers, His representatives. How can we be ambassadors of Christ? We are to love, because He loved. We are to be merciful, just and forgiving. We are to spread the message of His love and urge others to be reconciled to God. So, dear friend reading this post, if you wandered away from God, if you think you are not worthy of His love, if you have sinned and think you can’t be forgiven, if you have a hard time making it on your own please know that God wants you back. His love and grace are larger than we can ever explain with human words. Call on His name, invite Him into your heart today! ♥
As a fairly new believer I am just amazed about the fact that our God is always there for us. Living without God and leaning on your own strength all the time is very hard. Going to the Source of all creation and love is essential to have a happy and purposeful life. All I want to say is just that I am so grateful that God has touched my heart and revealed His love and His grace to me. I am grateful for loving Christian people who have been (and still are) there for me and who have shown me with their actions Jesus’ love and compassion. I feel safe knowing that my God is there for me every second of my life. I run to Him every day, I thank Him, I praise His name. I am covered by His unfailing love.
In above verses we are told not to dwell on the past; a perfect advice for the beginning of a New Year! We might have gone through trials, we might have done or said things that we are not proud of, we might have regrets and “what if” thoughts, but time can’t be turned back. So, leave the past behind and move on. This is a perfect time to start a new! Do a new thing! Lord says He is making a way in the wilderness and he is making streams in the wasteland. Turn a new leaf in the book of your life! Love yourself. Love people. Be a friend. Be supportive. Be a listener. Be a giver. Practice kindness and compassion. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible. You might just be the person who will start the change in the world and the domino effect. Do a new thing! ♥
Lord God, Father of all creation my prayer is that the New Year 2014 brings to this world more peace and less war, more food and less hunger, more laughter and less tears, more love and less hate, more understanding and less judgement, more care and less neglect. I pray that we love one another as you love us, I pray that we are always aware of your presence and that in all we think, say and do we are guided by Your unfailing Love. In Jesus Name. Amen.