Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Matthew 5:42-44 -- On Slinging Some Love

"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"
Matthew 5:42-44

I think in our society today we are hearing a lot of this middle verse "love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy."  And it is easy to believe those messages... after all, if we have enemies, then by definition, we aren't too friendly with them already, and we might not want to give to them or pray for them.  It's easier to just hate them and not get involved.  It's almost always easier to do evil.

The Lord asks us to do otherwise.  He asks us to give, and to loan, and to love, and to bless.  He asks us to do good and to pray for even those people who are cruel to us.  And how much more, then, should we express our love to our friends and our families?  Today, let's love the people around us, and let them know.  The people who love us back as well as the people who don't.

In this season of hatred and mudslinging, let's be an example of the believers.  Let's sling some love instead, indiscriminately and with fervor. :)

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