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Love for the Enemy

The love for equals is a human thing--of friend for friend, brother for
brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles.

The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing--the love for those who
suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This
is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world.

The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing--to love those who succeed
where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of
the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is
always bewildered by its saints.

And then there is the love for the enemy--love for the one who does not love
you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the
torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world.

Frederick Buechner in his book: The Magnificent Defeat.


Jesus' Hand
While Christ purchased our salvation on the cross with his
life, he left the "hands on" work of building his kingdom
in your hands and mine. We are his representatives and for
many the only Christ they will ever see is "the Christ" in
you and me. A poster on the office wall at Wheaton College
says it well:

The living truth is what I long to see,
I cannot live on what used to be,
So close your bible and show me how
The Christ you talk about is living now.


When we make mistakes, which we all do from time to time,
it's encouraging to know that we still have a choice to put
things right. Fortunately, when we admit what we have done,
God forgives us. The next step is to put things right, and
to make sure we deal with the root cause of our mistakes
(and get into a recovery program if necessary) so we don't
keep repeating the same mistakes and making bad choices.

All of us are where we are today based on the choices--good and bad--that we have made in
the past. Furthermore, we will be in five, ten, fifteen,
twenty years time--and in eternity--based on the choices we
have or will make today and in the future.


The Homeless Woman's Poem

A homeless woman once approached a preacher for help, but because he was
busy and helpless, he turned her away and offered to pray for her instead.
The homeless woman, it is said, wrote this poem as a response too that
insensitive minister:

"I was hungry, and you formed a humanities group to discuss my hunger. I was
imprisoned, and you crept off quietly to my chapel and prayed for my
release. I was naked, and in your mind you debated the morality of my
appearance. I was sick, and you knelt and thanked God for your health. I was
homeless, and you preached to me the spiritual shelter of the love of God. I
was lonely, and you left me alone to pray for me. You seem so holy, so close
to God but I am still very hungry - and lonely - and cold."

Source unknown




     To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
     To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
     To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
     To place our ideas, our dreams, before a crowd
     is to risk their loss.
     To love is to risk not being loved in return.
     To live is to risk dying.
     To hope is to risk despair.
     To try is to risk failure.

Real life is lived on the cutting edge.


Prayer must be more than an emergency magical lamp rubbed in a crisis. The
truth is that many people give up on prayer because they never understand
what prayer is. Much that passes for prayer is irrational, superstitious,
and self-centered, and is therefore unworthy of the pattern of the prayer
that Jesus offered to us his disciples.

Remember how Jesus' prayer recorded in Luke 11? "Jesus
was praying in a certain place and when he finished, they said to him,
Lord, teach us to pray.?" They
(disciples) saw the power of prayer in Him. They saw how
important prayer was to Him. Because of amazing spiritual power released in him by prayer.
They wanted him to tell them how to pray."


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Today's Bible Verse

LUK 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

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