Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Luke 6:27-28 -- On Using Our Power for Good

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."
Luke 6:27-28

This is hard. :) But I thought it would be a good scripture of the day, so that we can remember and try to learn. God expects us to be amazing... not average. Often we excuse ourselves because a lot of people do the same thing, or we're only human... but you know, we are not “only human.” We’re children of God. We’re incredibly powerful beings, growing into our power. :)  God expects us to learn to do these hard things, so that he knows that we won't abuse that power, and hurt others indiscriminately. Too often, we do hurt others, and then we need to use our power to heal. So, this scripture is about that: loving our enemies. Using our power for good in the lives of all people, especially them. Teaching them (by example) to love, and to return good for evil. Blessing people who are cruel to us, and praying for them... helping them to become better people as well.
And, sincerely... we *are* those people sometimes. Wouldn't it be nice if someone, somewhere was cool to us when we were awful to them? It works wonders… stops you in your tracks, when someone smiles and is nice to you even when you are being obviously rude. Good things can happen; lives can be changed. Let’s try it. Let’s see how we can use our power for good today. We can let go of the anger, the bitterness, or whatever emotion we’re tempted to act on, and see if we can think of something nice to do, and something nice to think... for someone we can't currently relate to.

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