Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Daily Reading:
Matthew 5 - Love Your Enemies by Karen Cowling

These days on social media there are so many picture posts saying things like:

"There are the people who care about you and then there are people who you shouldn't care about!"

The society we live in says so much about how we should only care about ourselves or those who care about us. Strangely enough this was the same view in the days that Jesus walked the earth. In this part of the Sermon on the Mount I'm going to look mainly at verses 43-48 where Jesus addresses the way we treat people who treat us badly. Jesus says you are to 'love your enemies and pray for those who treat you badly'. Why? Because if we do we will be 'children of your Father in heaven'.

It seems a hard pill to swallow sometimes that God doesn't just come with a thunderbolt from heaven and strike down those people who have persecuted us or other Christians.

Well He's God, and ultimately all people will stand before Him and answer for what they have done. We are not the judges of the world, thankfully. We have a Just and Holy Judge in Jesus and He will judge the sins of man.

You may think Jesus is asking a very difficult thing here, well, He is only asking you to do something He himself has done. In Luke 23:34 we see when Jesus has been beaten by the centurions and they are mocking him and taking all his clothes off him He did exactly what He asks us to do. Jesus said: 'Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing' And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

So if we follow Jesus' example and love our enemies, praying for those who treat us badly we can then 'Be perfect, therefore, as your Father in heaven is perfect' .
We can be the difference this world needs.

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