Tuesday, March 22

Tuesday, March 22

Receive

Luke 6:27-36

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”


Reflect

How do you bear witness of Jesus to the world around you?

Listen to Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Seriously?

“Love your enemies, do good to them…”

These words of Jesus are so radically disruptive that we will work really, really hard to re-interpret them in a way that removes their force. We will diligently find every possible qualifier and exception. Jesus cannot possibly have meant it quite that literally, right?

And yet Jesus says: “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…”

Seriously.

How do you bear witness of Jesus to the world around you?

You love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you. You bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.


Remember

Before you go to sleep each night, spend a few minutes thinking over the day that’s now coming to an end. Invite Jesus to walk with you through the day, and bring to mind those things that would be helpful to sort out with him in the safety of his love for you.

What were the thoughts and feelings within you when you woke up? How did you spend the first hour of your day?

What was the highlight of your day?

What occupied your attention the most?

Where did you most sense God’s presence during your day? What was going on?

Did you sense God’s prompting to do something? Or say something? Did you sense him move you to engage with a particular situation you noticed? How did it go?

What were your primary emotions? Was there a fear or anxiety that was constantly present? Was there a hunger or a longing that was a constant itch?

Was there peace? Joy? Gratitude?

Who were the people you interacted with today? How do you think your interactions went? Was there a conversation you wish you could redo? Is there someone you need to make peace with tomorrow?

Is there someone whose forgiveness you need? Is there someone you need to forgive?

End your day in the Lord’s prayer.