Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Luke 6:28

"Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." (NASB)


"Bless (eulogeo: praise, celebrate with praises, invoke blessings upon) those who curse (kataraomai: doom, imprecate evil upon) you, pray for those who mistreat (epereazo: despitefully use, falsely accuse, insult, treat abusively, use despitefully, revile, threaten) you."


Praise and call down blessings upon those who wish evil upon you. Pray for those who falsely accuse and despise you.


Now here's an easy task, right? I don't think so either. Only when we learn that this is all temporal and our reputations mean nothing will this ever be possible. Today, instead of avoiding people and circumstances that you know cause conflict or trouble, run straight for them and let the love of Christ shine through! Our identity must reside in Jesus alone!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog joel..
it goes along with this I got from Christine Wyrtzen today:

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law, but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.

James 4:11

To speak against a brother is to slander, become a tale-bearer that diminishes ones character in the public eye, to destroy a reputation through false stories, or to take another's weakness and aggravate it. It is to use the tongue recklessly. These words of James are really a follow-up to his former words on the power of the tongue to destroy others. James expands on this specific use of the tongue to say that when I use it to rip another to shreds in public, I am rejecting God's law and setting up my own law in its place.
It's a dangerous thing to make a choice to do what God has prohibited. I may think the infraction is small, that I've chosen to keep the rest of the law but bend on this one point. God does not see it this way. He makes it clear that when I violate the law, I do two things. 1.) I stand in judgment of His law. By turning my back against it to do my own thing, I am really denouncing its validity. And, 2.) I set up my own law in its place. By my heart's choice, I am, in essence, saying...'I know you said ____________, God. But I'm going to set my own standard." At that point, I write my own set of commandments.
Would I think highly of Moses if he had taken the ten commandments, fresh out of the mouth of God, and then smashed them and written his own version? I'd be horrified. Yet, that is what happens when I knowingly sin against the precepts of God. I rise up to become the judge and jury of God's commandments. No wonder there had to be a lamb to cover sins in the Old Testament. No wonder the centuries of lambs merely foreshadowed the coming of "the Lamb of God" who would, no longer just cover sins, but take away the sins of the world. He bore my false judgments on Himself, those thousands of times I knew better, but chose to do it anyway.

What grace!

Forgive me if I take any of your words casually. They are not. They are your judgments, deep as the ocean, solid as the mountain. Your Word stands in judgment of me. I am not in judgment of your Word. I submit to every word that comes out of Your mouth. I am Your child; loved, forgiven, compliant and joyfully obedient.


Christine Wyrtzen

blessings !!