2013-02-07 / Church

Today’s Meditation

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Read Exodus 23:4-5 and

Luke 6:27-36

Jesus said, “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them who hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”

- Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV)

Loving our enemies is not just a New Testament command. Exodus gives practical instructions about how to treat our enemies. According to Exodus, one who sees that the donkey of an enemy has fallen under its load must help. If we see an enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, we must return it (Exod. 23:4-5). In other words, when we see a mishap involving an enemy’s property, we are not to turn a blind eye and let it be. Nor are we allowed to gloat or rejoice at another’s misfortune. We are asked to help even persons who hate us. Jesus echoes this in Matthew 5:44- 45. If someone is an enemy, we love her. If he curses us, we bless him. If she hates us, we do only good to her. If he is going out of his way to hurt us, we respond by praying for him. God wants us to respond with love, not to make relationships worse by retaliating but to make them better by giving the best of ourselves.

Derek Sum Wei Siang

(Perak, Malaysia)

Thought for the Day: Have you prayed for something good to happen to your enemies today?

Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us for hating our enemies. Help us to love them and treat them with kindness. Amen.

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