Some Scripture is easy and some is hard. Some I can obey without even trying, some I have to really work at and some seems almost impossible! I believe that it is all God’s Word and that it has powerful implications for our life here on earth and eternity and that is why I take time to read and try to apply it to my living everyday!
Yesterday I started a blog conversation about the Scripture where Jesus tells us to love our enemies! It is one of those passages of Scripture that in our mind, we almost have to argue with, even though we know better! It is found in the New Testament book of Matthew 5:44-45!
“44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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.”
Jesus is changing the rules here! He is saying: If you really want life to be different, then you have to play by a different set of rules. The normal rules of everyday living that everyone else lives by, simply will not do!
Instead of having hate for your enemy, have love. Instead of trying to get even with your enemy, pray for them. This not only changes you, but has to at some point make a change in your enemy.
But the motivation to do this is not what it does for you or to your enemy. The motivation is what it does for God. He says that we are to do this, that we may be children of our Father in Heaven. In other words, when we live by this different set of rules, we bring glory to God – Who is clearly in control, causing the sun to rise and the rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous!
Bottom Line: Our lives are to be lived for the GLORY of GOD and here is one step that we can take to live a life that G3! (GIVES GOD GLORY!)