Thursday, October 3, 2013

Greater power through loving

Romans 12:20
Luke 6:27-36
Carrot soup with miso and sesame
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It is never a weakness to live according to God's will when our human nature screams at us to fight back. Rather, there is something tremendously powerful about reacting in an unexpected way toward others. When someone anticipates a certain response and we don't oblige them, it affirms our power to decide our own actions regardless of how another person might abuse us in an attempt to force us into another course of action. When that unexpected reaction is within God's will, we have even more power since we have Him lending His strength to our actions, not just our own weak desire.
The Lord asks us to live in a way that is counter-cultural and His instructions regarding our behavior toward our enemies certainly fit that description. Yet it is precisely that difference that attracts others. Because no one would naturally choose to love an enemy, choosing to do so by God's grace reveals a power that others would certainly want to have also.

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