Tuesday’s Torch 602
August 25, 2020
“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;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45).
I felt compelled to share these verses tonight after a couple days where I have allowed myself to get upset and angry about some circumstances that I’m unhappy about and angry at those I have felt wronged by.
These are wonderful verses but also very difficult ones to always try and live up to. Perhaps some of you also struggle with this tendency to get upset at people and have a hard time forgiving or being kind to those who you feel have wronged you.
I find comfort that as we strive to love others, both friends and supposed or actual enemies alike we are children of God. Much like as we often resemble our parents and our children resemble us, it’s great to realize that we can develop attributes that make us more like our Heavenly Father. As we do that, others will be able to see that resemblance in us and will desire to know more about where that light in our countenance comes from.
And just as the verse states that God allows the sun to rise and the merciful rains to fall on the just and the unjust we can attempt to offer love and kindness to everyone and not just those who offer it to us. It’s definitely nice to know that even when we may be struggling to walk the straight and narrow or get sidetracked or angry, our Father in Heaven will not leave us out in the cold dark desert. He will still provide us with opportunities for success and blessings. May we all strive to love one another no matter how easy or difficult it can be from time to time. I hope that this message finds you all well and can be of help to you. I share this message for your benefit as well as my own, and I do so humbly and prayerfully in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
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