Monday, November 11, 2013

Being Like God 11/11/2013

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Matt 5:44-46

One of the greatest things about being a Christian is the incredible amount of examples that have been left for us by both our progenitors in the faith and the Source of that faith Himself. It is counter intuitive for us to love our enemies, yet Christ has said that it is exactly what we should do. While we might feel justified in striking back when someone offends us, we are given the example of God providing for all, whether they love Him or not.

Beloved, our greatest goal is to emulate God in all that we do and all that we are.
This is not a message about loving our enemies per se, but aspiring to the highest ideals of morality, goodness and righteousness. It is easy to focus on one thing and to try to be "good" at it, but in circumstances like those, we become unaware of the blind spots we have in other areas. If we focus on being godly in all of our being, that godliness will grow and flow into all that we think, say and do. With time and practice, we will be transformed into the likeness of God and loving enemies would be the easiest of all things. Let us fervently pursue what we claim.



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