Welcome to the Gospel of Luke. If you are just signing in our catching up a bit...there is Good News! There is plenty of time to get on board with our plan to read the entire Gospel during the season of Advent. Remember, Advent simply means 'coming'...we are waiting and preparing for the coming of Christmas. More specially, we are waiting for the Christ Child, Jesus. It is a wonderful time to discover the presence of God in our lives. Get ready, here we go!
.Chapter Six Friday, December 3, 2010
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27
It happens all the time. People end up in conflict. Sometimes it is over simple things that really don’t matter. Other times it is a philosophical difference or a world view issue. We all know that conflict can be resolved to a degree that relationships are much stronger. We also know that it can become infected and never reach any degree of healing.
It happens all the time, and it happens to everyone. Relationships that were once warm and wonderful turn cold and sour. People are hurt and emotions can run high. We all know that feeling that says, ‘this is not going well and I don’t know what to do next.’
As it turns out, we do know what to do next. Jesus said, at a minimum, we should pray for one another. Especially we should pray for those who stand in opposition to our way of thinking. They don’t have to be ‘enemies’ to deserve our prayers.
Can you name (right now) some folks who fall into the conflicted relationship category? Have you prayed for them today? Have you gone the extra step to become an agent of reconciliation? It is difficult, but the blessing is well worth the effort. Remember to re-read 6:37-38! It is all worth the effort!