Breaking Bread For 9.22.20

Scripture

“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….”

Luke 6:27

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain we lash out at others so they can feel our pain. Sometimes some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to the extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy on someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better…sometimes we feel worse.

So instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance. Instead of hating your enemy, love them. Love them despite, and in spite, of their ignorance and fear, because you know that they have closed God out of part or all of their life, and for this reason they struggle in the darkness. Pray for them that they may be whole and loving in God’s light.

I can already hear someone saying, “Yeah but what if the person does and says hateful things, you’re saying go and give them a hug, love them like I love family? Heck no!”

Family, you don’t have to be affectionate and lovey dovey to be loving. You don’t even have to spend time with them. It starts with acknowledging that they are a child of God— even if they’re acting like a child of satan. God created them. God loves them. God wants the best for them and from them. So honor God by being mindful of how you treat His children. You can pray for someone’s heart and not be in their presence, not engage with them. Just consider how Jesus would respond and then act accordingly.

Let your cup runneth over. It will shock and bless both of you.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, plot against me, and mistreat me. Today I pray that You touch their hearts and minds Father, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse aloud. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately pause in Your goodness. I pray to You this day humble, grateful and faith-filled. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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