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LIVING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

February 11, 2014

Tuesday

Luke 6:27-36

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

 

EXAMPLE

Whoever loves much, does much.

– Thomas a’ Kempis

 

LESSON

After teaching the disciples and the crowd about who is blessed and who will receive woes, Jesus continues his teaching about what the people of God do and how the people of God act. What Jesus is commanding is rightly called the hardest commandment. It is a command that seems beyond our ability to attain. Jesus calls us to love our enemies.

If you are looking for a nice, comfortable religion that doesn’t call for too many demands on your life, makes you feel better when you’re down, and will reserve luxury suites for you in heaven when you die, then you probably shouldn’t try to be one of Jesus’ disciples. He is demanding. He has the crazy notion that his followers should serve others rather than themselves.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 18:15

 

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