Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike.
For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’
Scripture: The words in the scripture that spoke to me today are
But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven,
Observation: What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Gods love through me again and again
A response to those that persecute me are two fold, love and pray, heart and action not just a thought. Choosing those who are worthy of love is not being in the presence of God, it is separating him from me. Loving someone else is not done out of a strength of will but born out of intimate relationship with God as he exists in every one of us even if we struggle to see it. I am not in a position to decide who is worthy of love or not,just as I am not in a position to be perfect without God. This speaks to me of the only way of loving others is through God and it has to be done again and again.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
Application: How do I respond to what Jesus is saying to me today, right now what do I do?
What do I do when I get the same message days in a row? I must take it seriously, not gloss over the top or have a response that is half hearted. I think I did that yesterday and today I feel that God knows this and is saying get back in and give it a real go. A novena of the sacred heart of Jesus for those that I identified was yesterdays application and I didn’t do it! I thought about it, did a quiet prayer but in reality, my heart wasn’t really in it. Today I will pray with real intentions of love for those that I perceive as persecuting me and name them and name the Gospel of love for them to receive.
thank you for your patience with me.
For watching me not follow up and let you down but come back and prompt me with love yet again.
I take this as an example of how I must be with others as well.
I come back and will fulfil my promise to act and pray.
May your love work through me and glory be to your name.