Daily D – Matthew 5:43-45
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hat your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
MATTHEW 5:43-45 (CSB)
Two of my favorite books of recent years include Everybody Always by Bob Goff and Bold as Love by Bob Roberts. Everybody Always has an interesting subtitle: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People. The subtitle of Bold as Love is What Can Happen When We See People the Way God Does.
If you noticed the recurring theme, good. Both Bobs seem to think Jesus intended for us to take him at his word regarding loving everybody including those we consider enemies. Jesus said our Father in heaven sends his sun and his rain on everybody we like and everybody we don’t. He gives good gifts even to those who rebel against him. His kindness works toward winning their hearts.
I wonder what would happen if we were nice and kind and patient and gentle with everyone like God is? What if we stopped praying for revival and started taking Jesus and our Father in heaven seriously? What if we did what they told us to do? That would create renewal, don’t you think?
To love our enemies does not necessarily mean to snuggle, cuddle, and smooch them. It does mean to seek the highest good for them. A book in my library helps us know how to do it. It has 365 daily entries of world leaders and celebrities. It provides details regarding how to pray for these influencers.
Sadly, that book was published a long time ago and the publisher refused to create annual updates. No bother. Who is in the news today? Let’s pray for them. Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce. Let’s pray for them and for their children. Who else comes to mind?
You will meet someone along the way today who does not know Jesus. What is the most loving thing you can do for him or for her? Pray, serve, smile, and help those you encounter. See them as God sees them, which is the same way he sees you and me. Love everybody always.
I will seek the highest good for everyone I encounter.
Our Father, some people are easier to love than others. Empower us to seek the highest good for everyone everywhere always. May your love overflow our lives. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.