November 10th

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Luke 6:20-36

Do unto others... I don't know how many times my parents pulled that phrase out as a reminder to me growing up that I needed to be kind, loving and forgiving to others regardless of the circumstances or how they treated me. Well that message makes perfect sense, but it's not so easy to put into practice. In fact, all of Luke 6:20-36 is tough. I read it and I definitely want to follow it, but wow, it's a tall order.

So let's talk today about putting this passage into practice. Have you had any successes (or even failures) that we could learn from? How can we daily love those who don't love us? Tami W.

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When it's difficult to understand, I just keep looking for more wisdom!

Luke 6:28/NIV "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

Romans 12:20:21/NIV "On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink, In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Sometimes, you've just got to trust the Father and His "complete" living word. I (we) do not control the burning coals on ones head. God the Father does. Amen!

its hard to do good when one is being hard on you or abusive excetera. We cannot control what other's do to us, but what we do.
The old saying you reep what you so is true. If your cruel and hard no one wants to be around you or help you. On the other hand you treat people the way you want to be treated it always comes back with someone usualy wanting to help. You can difuse situations by actions or escalate them. We need to stay focused on our own spiritual well being cause our reward is greater. We also need to be mindfull not to do good cause their is something in it for us. We need to be mindfull on our motives and that is to be obediate to God and to Glorify God.

Many times when people are rude or disrespectful to me, my first reaction is to be rude in return. However, sometimes I remember to be nice to them instead. I will smile at them or say something to make them laugh. I just did this today, I was at the bakery and the lady that waited on me must have been having a bad day. She did not smile at all and acted like she did not want to be there. After she rung up my order, I gave her a tip. She immediately smiled and said "Thank you, have a good evening". Just something small can help brighten someone's day. Even though the flesh nature side wants to be rude or tell someone off.....remember to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.

What conditions produce blessings?? Taken by themselves, these verses say that poverty, hunger, grief and being extremely unpopular because of the Son of Man does this. Then He says the opposite about those who are rich, well fed, who are happy and have a good reputation. Those people are in deep trouble.

I know that Jesus often spoke in ways that seemed impossible to understand. My favorite example of this kind of thing is found in John 2:19 where Jesus speaks about raising the temple in 3 days. What sane person upon hearing these words would think that He was talking about his body?? The only reason we know this is that verse 21 tells us.

So I can't be really sure about what He means in today's reading.

When he talks about being hungry, I am reminded of Matthew 5:6 where He talks about hunger and thirst for righteousness. Presumably one who has this kind of hunger and thirst is not righteous at all and knows it.

Finally, about turning the other cheek (verse 29). I wonder how this would apply on a national level in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Thanks so much for all the comments. I look forward to reading them daily. God is blessing us and to Him belongs all the glory. Being a follower of Jesus can be very hard. Loving Him and having faith are easy it starts to get harder when we have to turn the other cheek and bless those who curse us and go through disappointments and all the other problems of this world. But we have to learn from Jesus' example, whenever He was being tested and tried He took some quiet time to talk to His Heavenly Father, and so we too must follow His example and talk to Jesus. Take a leaf out of His book. "For He hath said I will never leave you nor forsake you" Hebrew 13:5. I am the true vine and My Father is the husbandman" John 15:1. "Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me ye can do nothing". John 15:4-5

We believe in Jesus because He is the Truth, the Way and the Life and when the difficult times come our way we must seek Him ask His forgiveness. Ask Him to guide and lead us. He will never ever turn away from us, I guarantee. We are the ones who turn away from Him because we seek alternate ways without Him in our plan. Remember we are nothing without Him. So in the future let us pray to Him and request prayers from families, friends and our Church groups.

May God continue to strengthen us to share and guide what we do or say.
Love and hugs to all

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