Bless Them And Pray For Them

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Luke 6:28

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

O-bservation:

St. Luke gives us only a portion of Jesus’ great sermon on the mount. Here Jesus tells His disciples that when people curse them, they are to bless them back. If they should mistreat them in any way, they are to pray for them in return.

A-pplication:

Because we “Followers Of Jesus” have read this passage so many times, we think little of it. We believe that’s what He said and that’s what we’re to do. However, when Jesus made this statement over two thousand years ago, it somewhat earth-shattering information. No one had taught like this before. Even today, the majority of people still probably think, “If someone curses me, I will curse them back. If they mistreat me, I’ll retaliate.” But the word from Jesus was not just the new standard. It was the absolute will of God that if someone curses us or if someone mistreats us, we are to “Bless Them And Pray For Them.” There’s no argument here. You can discuss it if you like. You can set scenarios where Jesus’ directive may not be appropriate, but it won’t make a bit of difference. We are called by God to “Bless Them And Pray For Them.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

I am so thankful this AM for Your Word. I have no option to the way I live but to follow You wholeheartedly. When I am cursed or mistreated, with Your help, I will “Bless Them And Pray For Them.” Amen

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