Thursday: Life together with Enemies.
Thursdays readings: Romans 12, Matthew 5:43-48
1 Peter 3:9 – Finally…not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessings, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.
Lord Jesus, not all who share space with me on this earth are part of the family of faith. Not all who live here and wander on this earth are headed the same direction as I am. That’s what makes me and all those of faith in Jesus aliens and strangers here. Lord Jesus, teach me how to live with people who are my enemies. Teach me how to show love when I am hated. Help me to pour back love when I am insulted. Compel me to give a blessing when I am cursed. Lord Jesus, teach me how and empower me to to show your love to those who do not wander with me, who are not of the family of faith. They need my love because they do not know yours. More than that, they need me to tell them about your love so that they would not be enemies anymore. Help me to show deep love to my enemies so that, by your grace and the message, they might be friends forever. Teach me and help to live with all in love. Amen.