A WORD IN PASSING - January 2019
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:43-45
It's not a suggested new year's resolution. It's part of Jesus teaching for those who follow Him. If you are a Christian, this, Jesus is saying, is how you are to live. Could it get much harder? Always believing the best about someone until you know the worst. And making sure that when you know the worst you do know it! Making sure you are not imagining it, or putting implicit faith in an idle rumour for it may be someone's misfortune to be misunderstood or maligned by others.
So be cautious, be charitable. Look for the best in others. And if they turn out to be a thoroughly bad lot, pray for them, and try as best as you can to make them better.
It's an impossible 'resolution', you may think. And you'd be right. Unless, that is, you can draw on a power, a Personality great than your own: unless, the Spirit of Jesus dwells within you. And if He does, and if we allow His counter-cultural teaching to express itself in us and through us what difference, do you think, each one of us might make in our own small corner of God's world?