Read Matthew 5:38-48
Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.
- Proverbs 31:8 (NRSV)
Here in South Africa, we recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. I can still remember that day. I sat in front of the television watching history unfold. “Tata Madiba,” as he is affectionately known in South Africa, has played a major part in changing our nation. That someone can stand for peace and the inclusion of even his enemies in a new government after serving 27 years as a political prisoner is remarkable. Jesus spoke about the power of nonviolence. He called his followers to be creative and to point out the injustices in their communities. Jesus did not call us to retaliate. Retaliation only breeds more violence. This passage from Matthew can lead us to meaningful ways to bring about justice and peace in our homes, in workplaces, in public settings. It can help us make a difference for good in the world. We are not perfect, but the Spirit of God can make us instruments of grace, forgiveness, love, and peace. Are we willing to let the Spirit work through us this day? Read more from Wessel on The Upper Room blog today.
(Gauteng, South Africa)
Thought for the Day: God’s love flowing through me to others can change the world. Link2Life: For more information about Nelson Mandela, visit devotional.upperroom.org/blog.
Prayer: God of peace, work through us to make your ways known. Give us power to change lives. In the name of the Prince of peace. Amen.
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