Thursday, October 15, 2020

Bless And Do Not Curse

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Romans 12:14 (AMP) Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them.

Pastor Joe, you're too slack! That man obviously assaulted you and all you did was sit back and look? Being a Christian does not make one is a fool, your own however seems to have turned you into one. Thank God he did not try it with me, I would have shown him that I'm not an ordinary man of God; I'm anointed, and must be treated as such.

I want to be like Jesus by all means, replied Pastor Joe. Do you think Jesus would have retaliated? Certainly not! “When he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously" (1 Peter 2:23 KJV). But Joe, that man insulted you; he even spat on your face, just because you attempted to preach to him.

The command from today's text is, “bless and do not curse".

It is your everyday actions and behavior that show whether Jesus Christ is Lord over you or not; if He has become your Lord, obeying Him becomes your foremost priority.

There will be people around you who will seek to take undue advantage of you, some will because they know that you are a child of God. It is your response to such persons and attitudes that will show your true identity in God.

In 1 Peter 3:9 (AMP), we were told to never repay evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary, we should bless (pray for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pity and love them). For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God–that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].

Go into today knowing that imitating the life of Jesus is the easiest way to show that Jesus is Lord over you. It is only a life that shows submission to Him that can consistently manifest His authority (James 4:7).

Prayer: commit yourself in absolute submission to the lordship of Jesus.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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