Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Returning Good For Evil

It's so difficult not to get swept up in the rancor isn't it?  So much dedicated destruction and evil . . . dividing and conquering . . . provoking reactions to anger, resentment and rage.  How do we love our enemies?  We are commanded to do it.  Not to approve, but yes, somehow to love.

But it's not a romantic or sentimental love. . . .

If we love God . . . and love that God is sovereign . . . and know that He has a perfect, good, holy purpose in all He does and allows . . . then we have a way to "love your enemies".  Meditate on this.

It is all to easy to shrug off the command with, "sorry, can't do it, won't do it."  But for the follower of Jesus this is not a real option.  Not if we are to be true to our calling. . . .

There is a place for righteous indignation . . . and for this unique love to exist side by side, and that is the trick. . . .

This is critical to understand, explore and learn to do in order to get through the upcoming events and challenges. . . .

Whenever believers have won the most hearts is in times like this . . . when they are targeted and threatened the most.  It is easy to love the lovable.  Anybody--even any fallen creature--can do that. But we are set apart for more--to exemplify the love of Christ and to have a deeper, more eternal viewpoint and perspective on things.

We are not about saving the world.  The world is fallen, corrupt and has it's date with destiny, unavoidable.

Who in these times is capable of compassion . . . longsuffering . . . perseverance in doing good?  The authentic, dedicated disciple of Jesus.

Let us not fight fire with fire, returning evil for evil.  It is the most laudable of pursuits right now . . . to determine and learn and internalize . . . how, as a believer, to return good for evil.  Angels await--The Lord watches and helps, ever at the ready. . . .

Praise God!

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