Finding God in the Mystery of every day

22903 Finding God in the mysteries of every day

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Matthew 5:43-45 (New International Version)“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 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.

Who is my enemy?

            Who is the enemy? Who is the one, or group, which holds you down or back? When you look in the mirror do you see someone unlike your enemy? We divide along so many lines, racial, cultural, political, geographical, you name it. I can find enemies with the click of a button on my computer or phone. There are a couple of principals here that we need to understand. 1.) the love Jesus speaks about is active not passive. 2.) Tolerance and “coexistence” is not love. 3.) an active aggressive prayer life is essential to obey this command. Obedience here is costly and sacrificial.

            I can just imagine the faces of the disciples as Jesus taught them. The shock of hearing what could in all likelihood be called out as heresy. It is no different today. To follow Jesus completely will call down the wrath of the people who believe they are in power, sometimes even within the churches. Maranatha!

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Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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