Something that really stood out to me in Luke 6 was the presence of the words "it came to pass" three different times in verses 1,6, and 12. Take a moment to listen to "It came to Pass" for some encouragement today. No matter what you may be going through God will bring it to pass and carry you through it.
Now taking the chapter in a bit of a different direction...This reading smacked me right between the eyes! I'm so thankful for this study and the reminders that God is putting before me each day!
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
At times in life when conflict arises, it can be easy to want to respond in the flesh. To ignore, backbite, harbor ill feelings, or prove we are right. But Jesus tells us in the Luke version of the sermon on the Mount that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us and use us. Then He goes on to say that if we are kind to those who are kind to us what difference is there in us and the unsaved, for they do the same. But the "shoe leather" of our faith comes on when we are kind to those who we think have mistreated us. To forgive them when we don't want to- to reach out in mercy just as God is merciful to us (vs 36). This is not easy nor am I claiming to have this down. God really burdened me with these truths this morning and convicted me of times when I do not put this into practice.
I just wanted to close with a few things I'm thankful for:
713. Meet ups with Katie
714. Mrs. Francis keeping the church and nursery stocked up
715. Mrs. Teresa's sweet smile and encouraging words
716. Mrs. Ruth's grandmother role to our family
717. Mrs. Brenda's faithfulness with the praise team
718. Mrs. Jane joining the church and coming faithfully to Friday night Bible Study!
You ladies are a blessing to me and I'm thankful for you!