Saturday, 6 September 2014
Lay Down the Sword.
When the light rises it illuminates both good and evil.
When we first encounter evil the instinctive reaction is to battle against it and defeat it.
This is the sword.
But Jesus said, "'Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.'" Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)
And, "'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven'" Matthew 5:44,45a (NRSV)
So, if we seek to be like God, we must lay down the sword and pray for those who attack us.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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