By His Wounds We Are Healed

 

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 297 - Isaiah 53:4-6 - By His Wounds We Are Healed - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 297 – Isaiah 53:4-6 – By His Wounds We Are Healed – Growing As Disciples

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV)  

Wandered Away

There is no doubt about that. There is no doubt about what? I wandered away from you. I went and did my own thing. I turned to my own way. I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I pursued all that this life had to offer. I lived solely for myself. I acquired things and used people and of that I am not proud. I followed my own counsel. I neither wanted or needed any advice, especially from you, or so I thought, at the time. Where did your life lead you? I thought my life led me on a path farther and farther away from you. Now, I know that I was incorrect. How so? The life I was living brought me pain and suffering. I was bruised and battered and broken by my own poor choices. To some, especially me, that my seemed like being farther and farther from you. But pain and suffering got my attention. Being bruised and battered and broken caused me to cry out to you. And you were not distant from me. You would not let me go. You relentlessly pursued me. You heard my cry because you were very near to me. It is true, without a doubt, that you are close to the broken hearted. Yes, I am. And that is where I was, at the end of my rope, stuck in the muck and mire of life, so to speak. I asked you to show yourself to me if you were real. Asked is an understatement, I shouted at you, in what I now know was the prayer of my heart. That was quite a prayer. I was crying out to you and asking for your help. I was asking you to rescue me from a life without you. Did I hear your prayer? Yes, you heard my prayer. You helped me to confess and turn away from my sins. You forgave all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. You came into my life and filled me with your Spirit. Now, for all these many years you have been molding and shaping me. You have been leading me on the path of life as I love and follow and serve you. You have given me a fresh and new life to live now and forever. You are my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am. For that, I give all my thanks and praise to you for all you have done for me. That is very good.

Lord, I was like a stubborn sheep determined to go my own way. What a bruised, battered, and broken life I lived. But you sought me out. Like a good shepherd you came after me. You forgave all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness as I turned to you. Amen

Key Question…  When did you confess and turn from your sins to receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord?

Living It Out…  Confess and turn away from your sins so you can be forgiven and cleansed of all your unrighteousness.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will forgive your sins and cleanse your unrighteous when you turn your life over to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you a new life to live with and for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you confess and turn from your sins so you can receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord.

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Test And Approve What God’s Will Is

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Romans 12:2- Test And Approve What God’s Will Is – Growing As Disciples

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)  

Inside Out

There is a choice you are going to have to make. What choice is that? You are going to have to choose who you are and what you are going to do in life. Can’t I just sort of let that unfold and see who I become and what I do? That may not seem like a choice to you. But it is a choice and a bad one at that. Why would that be a bad choice?

There is a force that is in the world that will continually try to conform you into its pattern. If you allow it to shape who you are and guide what you will do, you will not be happy with the result. Why is that? This world is under the control of the god of this world. Do you know who that is? Yes, the god of this world is the devil. That’s right. Are you comfortable allowing him to shape who you are and guide what you do? No, not at all. That’s what will happen if you do not choose to allow me to mold and shape your life. I want you to make me into who you want me to be. I want to know you and do your will.

Do you know how I will mold and shape your life? I’m not exactly sure. The devil conforms you into the world’s pattern by bombarding you with its values. He is attempting to conform you from the outside in. I will transform your life from the inside out. How does that work? When you gave your life to me I put my Spirit inside of you. You were born again to live a new life for me. Yes, I’m certain that you did that for me. Did your battles against the world and its attempts to conform you end right then and there? No, they did not. Your battle against the world and its evil will be something that you will face every day of your life. My Spirit living in you will give you victory over the world and all its evil. This does not mean that you won’t have to choose every day who you are and how you are going to live. Your choice will reaffirm your desire to know me and do my will.   I have made that choice but there is more, isn’t there?

Yes, my Spirit will be transforming your heart and mind as you flee the evil of this world and pursue me. When you resist evil and draw near to me the devil will flee from you. I will use my word to transform your mind and change your heart. I will give you a new way to think and a new way to act. You will be able to know and do my will. I will be transforming you from the inside out. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, it is. Is this a choice that you will make? Yes Lord, it is.

Lord, I will separate myself from influences that are attempting to conform me to the values, patterns and practices of this world. Use your word to transform and renew my mind so that I can know your will and your ways. Amen

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Tell Everyone

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 – Tell Everyone – Growing As Disciples

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD. Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 (NLT)

Remember

Lets talk about the word remember. What would you like to say to me about remembering? I would like to tell you to not forget. Why is that? You tell me. It has been the history of your people to forget all that you have done for them. It has been my history to forget all that you have done for me. Why do you say that? It’s true. How do you know it is true that you have often forgotten what I have done for you? I think you remind me of what I have forgotten. How do I remind you? When I have been filled with fear and facing a giant obstacle you have reminded me that you are with me to help me. How do I do that? You remind me that you have been with me through all the fear filled times in my life when I have faced giant obstacles. You have always been with me. I have always been able to hold on to you as you have always held on to me. How else have I reminded you of the great things I have done for you? When I have been battered and bruised and broken by life you have always answered my cry and my prayer. Now, I can’t face a trial in life without remembering that you have always come to comfort, heal and strengthen me. Can you think of one more way that you I have reminded you of the great things that I have done for you? When I am feeling a little lost and without hope in life you have reminded me how you have saved me and set me on the path of knowing, loving, following and serving you. You have reminded me that this life is temporary. My future is forever in heaven with you. Yes, it is. Holding onto these thoughts has filled me with joy and thanksgiving. Lets talk a little bit more about that.

I want you to take a more active in role in remembering all that I have done for you. What do you have in mind? You tell me. What can you do to remind yourself of all that I have done for you? That’s a good question. I could keep a record and write down what you have done for me. That would be a good start. What else? I could make it my pattern and practice to spend time in praise and worship to give you thanks for all that you have done for me. That would be excellent. What else? I could start telling others about all that you have done for me. That would be fantastic. What do you think will happen to you as you do all of these things? As I remember to give thanks to you and tell others all that you have done for me, my life will be filled with joy. I will be encouraged and strengthened as I declare your kindness, mercy and love. I will become bold witness for you as I declare your goodness. Yes, you will.

Lord, I am filled with thanksgiving as I remember the great things you have done for me. You have all my praise and worship. My heart is filled with joy as I tell others who you are and all that you have done. You have strengthened me to keep seeking you. Amen

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Blameless And Pure

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – So That – Philippians 2:14-16 – Blameless And Pure- Growing As Disciples

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

Just Do It

Just Do It. Now that’s a thought. What do you mean by that? You know exactly what I mean. Just do what I ask of you. Do you want to obey me? Will you do what I ask of you? Yes, I want to obey you. Yes, I will do what you ask of me. Why then do you grumble and complain and argue about what you have already agreed that you will do for me? Wouldn’t it be better if you just did what I asked of you without any hesitation? Wouldn’t it be best if you did what I asked of you without grumbling, complaining and arguing? Yes it would be best if I just did what you asked of me without any questions or indecision or internal debate on my part. Let me ask you a question. Go right ahead. Do you have more or less joy in serving me when you do something without question or when you reluctantly do what I ask of you? I don’t think that I have any joy at all when I reluctantly do something for you.

Let’s consider an example. I’m game. You know that I want you to come together with other believers to worship me. Yes, I know that you want me to go to church. That’s not exactly what I said but you have the idea. Why do you ask yourself each week if you are going to church? I’m not sure if I will be going to church or not. Isn’t that the same as saying I’m not sure if I will obey you or not. Yes, I suppose so. Most of the time you do gather with other believers to worship me. Yes, I do. But, many times you go reluctantly with an attitude of grumbling, complaining and arguing. That’s true. Wouldn’t you have more joy in gathering to worship me if you just decided once and for all that you were going to go to church every Sunday? Yes, I suppose that I would. Do you know why that is? No, I’m not sure. Grumbling, complaining and arguing are joy stealers. You will never feel complete joy in reluctantly doing what I ask of you. I get that.

How do you think I feel about grumbling, complaining and arguing? I’m pretty sure that you don’t like any of it. No, I don’t. Why do you think I don’t like grumbling, complaining and arguing? You didn’t create me to be a grumbler, complainer or arguer. No, I did not. Grumbling, complaining and arguing are the ways of the world. You want me to be different. You want me to stand out. You want me to be filled with joy. Yes, I do. When you are filled with my joy you will shine brightly like a star in the universe. When you grumble, complain and argue you will be living in the darkness of the world. I want to shine brightly for you. Then follow me and just do what I ask of you. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I am making a decision now about how I will respond in the future to difficult or unpleasant tasks. I am going to serve you willingly without grumbling, complaining or arguing. I give you permission to ask me to do whatever you want me to do for you. Amen

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Possess These Qualities In Increasing Measure

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 2 Peter 1:5-9 – Possess These Qualities – Growing As Disciples

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV)

Make Every Effort

Do you want to know my will? Do you want to know what I want you to do in life? Yes, I want to know your will. I would like to know what you want me to do in life. When you think of my will, is your first thought about doing something? Yes, it is. What else is there? Are you completely defined by what you do? Have you given much thought to who you are? Are you thinking at all about who you will become? I have thought a lot about what I might do and very little about who I am. I have thought even less about who I might become. Have I been thinking too much about what I will do and way too little about who I am or who I will become? You tell me. I’m guessing that you want me to think more about who I am and who I will become. Good guess. 

Who are you? I am your creation. You made me. I am your child. You are my Father. I am your follower. You are my Savior and Lord. You called me to come to you. You have forgiven and cleansed me of all my sin. You have given me a new life to live with and for you. I am your disciple. You are teaching and training me. You are guiding and directing me. You are molding and shaping my life. You are making me into the person you want me to become. Yes, I am. I am your servant. You have given me places to go and things to do for you. I am your witness. You want me to be your light in the world. You want to draw others to you through my life. Yes, I do. 

Who will you need to be in order to be an effective and productive witness for me in the world? I will need to be the person that you have called me to become. Who have I called you to become? You have called me to become a person of character. If I do not have good character I will be an ineffective and unproductive witness for you in the world. No one will be drawn to you through my life if I have not allowed you to develop my character. How will you know when you are a person of good character? Who will be your example and role model? Who will you follow? Who would you like to look like? I will follow you. I want to begin to look like you. You are my example. You are my role model. You want me to become like you. Yes, I do. Will you allow me to develop your character? Will you also make every effort to develop your character? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will make very effort to develop qualities of good character so that I am not ineffective and unproductive as I come to know, love and follow you. I invite you to do your work in me. Mold and shape my life so that I am the person you called me to be. Amen

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Serving The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Ephesians 6:7-8 – Serving The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)

Your Work

What attitude do you have toward your work? How wholeheartedly do you go about the work that you have been given? Do you do just enough to get by or do you give it your all and very best when you are at work? What attitudes do you have toward your boss and coworkers? Why are you asking me these questions? Is there something about these questions that you don’t like? No, that’s not it. I don’t have any problem answering your questions. What is it then? Wouldn’t talking about more spiritual matters make better use of our time? Do you think that your work isn’t a spiritual matter? I didn’t think so. I thought work was work and had little to do with spiritual matters. Now, I’m not so sure. Why is that? Your line of questioning has me thinking about the spiritual aspect of all the work that I have been given. That’s good. You need to think more deeply on this subject.

You can’t hide anything at work. Everyone at work is watching you. They are seeing how hard you work. They are watching your attitude toward your work, coworkers and boss. Nothing goes unnoticed. Would you like to be able to share your faith with your coworkers? Yes, I would love to share my faith with my coworkers. If you are lazy in your work or have a bad attitude toward your boss or coworkers, how much of an opportunity will you have to share your faith in me? None, I suppose. That’s right. Who would care what you have to say about anything if they had lost respect for you because of the poor quality of your work or the nature of your attitude? Do I do poor quality work? Do I have a bad attitude towards others at work? That’s not the point I’m making with you. What is your point? I want you to always monitor the quality of your work and the nature of your attitude. I get it. I will do that.

There are two other points that I want you to keep in your heart and on your mind at all times. What’s that? I am your boss. You may think that you are working for an earthly boss. That’s only partly true. All the work that you do in this life you will be doing for me. The quality of your work and the nature of your attitude will be a witness for me to others in the world. The only question is, “Will your witness be a good one or a bad one?” I want to be a good witness for you in all my work. I want do display to others a Christ-like attitude that will be attractive to them. That will be very good. What is your other point? You think your payday comes every two weeks. Yes, I do. That is also only partly true. I will reward you for whatever good you do in this life. Lord, I will remember that you are my boss and that I am working for you. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name through all the work you have given me to do for you.

Lord, at one time I thought I was working strictly for my earthly employer. Now, I know I am serving you in all the work you have given me to do in this life. Help my hard work and positive attitude to be a powerful witness for you in the world. Amen

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Always Full Of Grace

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Colossians 4:5-6 – Always Full Of Grace – Growing As Disciples

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

Doors Of Opportunity

Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Do you want to make the wisest use of your time? Do you want to live a life that is attractive to others? Do you want to have opportunities to be used by me? Do you want to be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be used by you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I don’t want to waste one second of my life. I want to live a life that is attractive to others. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s very good. 

What will help or hinder these desires being fulfilled in my life? That is a very good question. Nothing will waste your time more than acting foolishly and speaking gracelessly. No one is attracted to foolish actions and graceless words. Nothing will hinder your ability to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name than acting foolishly and speaking gracelessly. I want to live wisely and speak graciously. Living wisely and speaking graciously will stand out in the word. People are drawn to wise actions and gracious words. Wise actions and gracious words will open doors of opportunity to you. People will want to know why you are wise and gracious. They will want to know the source of your wisdom and graciousness. On my own I cannot act wisely and speak gracious. Wisdom and grace are not in me. Why do you say that? So often, I have acted foolishly and spoken gracelessly. To act wisely and speak graciously, I will need your help. Yes, you will. Humbly coming to me to admit that you need my wisdom and grace is the beginning of wisdom. Relying on yourself is a continuation of foolishness. Relying on yourself for wisdom and grace is a big waste of your time. I’m sure of that. That’s very good. 

I will guide you to act wisely as you rely on me. I will give you words of wisdom to speak as you rely on me. As you act wisely and speak graciously you will make the most of your time. Your life will not go to waste. People will be drawn to me through your life as you act wisely and speak graciously. I will use your life to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name as you act wisely and speak graciously. That is what I want. That is what I will give to you as you rely on me.

Lord, I have often acted and spoken foolishly with words that were graceless. I know that, no one is attracted to foolish actions and graceless words. Help me to act wisely and speak graciously so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Is A New Creation

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – 2 Corinthians 5-17 – Is A New Creation – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

What’s New?

What’s New? That is an interesting question. Why are you asking me, “What’s new?”  I want you to think about what is new in your life since the day that you came to believe in me. That would be quite a long list. I have plenty of time to hear all that you have to say to me. The newness that you brought into my life began on day one with you. What do you mean by that? On day one with you I turned away from my sin to follow you I asked you to forgive me of my all sins and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. I said that I was giving my life to you and that I would follow you as my Savior and Lord. You answered my prayer and did all that I asked of you. Yes, I did. There was something more that I didn’t know was coming. What’s that? You filled me with your Holy Spirit. Your Holy Spirit made it so I could be born again to a new life in you. On day one, you made me to be your new creation. Yes, I did.

What changed since you become my new creation? I could live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I could talk to you in prayer. We could have an ongoing conversation together. You would draw near to me as I would draw near to you. I could listen to you as you also listened to me. That’s right. What else? Did everything in your life change all at once? What do you mean by that? Did you completely leave your old life so that you could live the new life I had for you to live? There were many things from my old sinful live that fell away right away. Much of my old life no longer appealed to me. I wanted to fully live the new life that you had given me to live in you. What happened? I began to see that not all of my old life of sin fell away. I found that quite discouraging. Why is that? I thought that you would make me a completely new creation all at once. That’s exactly what I did. Your spirit was reborn. I gave you a new heart and mind. Didn’t it become your desire to love me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength? Yes, that was and still is my desire. You thought you might be a completely new creation on day one? You thought I might finish all my work in your life in one day? I guess so. Well, you now know that my work continues in your life every day. Yes, I now know that and I welcome your ongoing work in my life. I will make you and every day new as you continue to love, follow and serve me.

Lord, thank you for drawing me to you. You made it possible for me to come to believe in you. You have made me to be a completely new creation. You have given me a completely new life to live you in you. Keep on molding and shaping my life as I follow you. Amen

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Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow - Psalm 119 - 33-37 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow – Psalm 119 – 33-37 – Growing As Disciples

Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:33-37

Huddle

There is a lot of noise out there. I know, it’s so distracting. Sometimes it gets so loud it’s hard to think straight. I feel like my life is under a constant bombardment of noisy messages from the world. What are they saying? Do this. Go there. You will be happy if you have this or try that. You can’t possibly be happy without this or that. If I listened to all these voices I would have no direction in life at all. I’d be running around in circles and wanting to pull out my hair in frustration. How do you know that’s true? I’ve lived it. I’ve made the mistake of falling under the influence of the world. At times I have felt like I’ve been running on a treadmill that leads to nowhere. Do you want to get off? Yes, I do. How can I?

I want you to imagine that you are in a very large stadium. The crowd is roaring so loud your ears are beginning to hurt. Down on the field there is a football game being played. You are on the team and in the game. What do you need to do to learn what the next play will be? I would need to huddle up, lean in, and listen very carefully for the next play to be called. Would there be any other way to learn the play? I’m not sure what you mean. Would the crowd ever be able to shout out the next play? Would the opposing team give you the correct signal? Would you be able to guess what you were supposed to do next? No, the only way that I would know what to do next is by leaning in and listening very carefully. That’s exactly right. How does this help me? 

The stadium is like the world. The crowd noise is every thought, opinion and suggestion the world has to offer. The game is life and you are a player in it. The plays that are called in the huddle are what you are to do next. You will only know what to do next as you lean in and listen very carefully. I am the signal caller. You are on my team. You are my follower. Leaning in and listening is called prayer. The playbook is my word. Now, I get it. Do you? Tell me what you understand.

As your follower, it is my role to know your word and lean into you in prayer. As I study your word and come to you in prayer, you will guide my life. Yes, you do understand. Is this what you will do? Yes Lord, I will.

Father, in the midst of the noise of this world I will huddle up and lean in to you in prayer to listen to your instructions. I will study and know your word to allow it to guide my life. I will follow where you lead and do what you ask.  Amen

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If Your Enemy Is Hungry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Give - Proverbs 25:21-22 - If Your Enemy Is Hungry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Give – Proverbs 25:21-22 – If Your Enemy Is Hungry – Growing As Disciples

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

It’s Your Move 

Will you take the first step? Will you make the first move? What first step? What first move? Will you reach out to your enemy? Will you do something extraordinarily nice for someone who regards you as their enemy? Will you think deeply about the needs of your enemy and then go meet them? That sounds quite risky? I don’t even want to get close to my enemy. I would much prefer to keep a safe distance from my enemy. I did not ask you about your preferences. I asked you if you would make the first step and take the first move to do smoothing extraordinarily nice for your enemy. Is that what you are asking me to do? Is that what you want me to do for you? Yes, that is what I want you to do for me? What if my enemy spurns my efforts? What if they reject my outreach? It would be humbling enough to do something nice for my enemy. Why is that? They certainly wouldn’t deserve anything nice from me. My enemy has continually tried to harm me. They have attacked me at every turn. I have been deeply hurt and wounded by my enemy. They have caused me a great deal of pain. Why should I have to make the first move. I am the aggrieved and innocent party. You think so? Well, I may not be totally innocent.

You are right. There is no good reason for you to do something extraordinarily nice for your enemy except that I am asking you to do this for me. Were you not once living as my enemy? Yes, I once lived as your enemy. Did you deserve all that I have done for you? No, I did not and have not deserved all that you have done for me. Did you readily accept me? Didn’t you initially spurn my efforts to reach out to you? Yes, I did initially spurn what you had done for me. Didn’t I humble myself and die on the cross for you? Yes, you died on the cross for my sins. Are you willing to humble yourself and do what I am asking of you? Yes, I am willing to go and do what you are asking of me. I will humble myself and offer my service to my enemy. That will be very good. In humbling yourself you will be my witness. Your enemy will see my love shining through your life. They may even become my follower and your friend. Wouldn’t that be spectacular? We could celebrate that together. Yes, that would be quite a celebration. It’s your move.

Lord, I want to be a vibrant witness for you. Help me to reach out to anyone who regards me as their enemy. Show me how you I can express your kindness to even those who are my enemies. Help me to turn enemies into friends as I help them with their needs. Amen

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