Devotional – Living Supernaturally Different

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  Matthew 5:44 ESV

This morning the world is in shock after yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.  Last night and today, seemly endless images of the dead and wounded fill our screens.  Updates chronicling the carnage clog news-feeds and talking heads on the news channels speculate as to who is responsible.

In times like these thoughts of fear, hatred and revenge can easily fill our minds.  Such thoughts are only natural.  Yet, we have been commanded by our Lord and Savior to think and act differently.  Radically different.  Supernaturally different.  Divinely different.

It’s natural to think thoughts of revenge.  Jesus Christ commands us to “pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:28.

It’s natural to curse those who curse you.  Jesus Christ commands us to “bless those who curse you.” Luke 6:28.

It’s natural to dislike those who hate you.  Jesus Christ commands us to proactively “do good to those who hate you.” Luke 6:27.

It’s natural to strike back when punched in the face.  Jesus Christ commands us to “offer the other [cheek] also.” Luke 6:29.

Lord, I am tempted to hate my enemy. I am tempted to think thoughts of vengeance and retribution. Forgive me.  I beseech you to empower me through your Spirit to love those who hate me.  To pray for those who persecute me.  To turn the other cheek when struck.  Lord, I ask you to eradicate my thoughts of revenge and to forgive me for failing to bless those who curse me.

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Editorial note: Originally published November 14, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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