A completely different way

Week beginning: 26th August, 2018 | By Gerard Chrispin | Farnham

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:43–45

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)

We do not follow the world's teaching, religious views, godless dictates of certain 'political correctness', or immorality attacks on the Bible. We follow Jesus, 'the Way the Truth and the Life'. Lawyers are the same as anyone else – no godly power or status has come from an LL.B, further degree, or the Bar Council, or the Law Society.

We live in the same world as others. Some people can become our enemies, despite our lives honouring the Lord. Have you ever been sworn at? Join the club! Some hate the nicest Christians, especially when they resolutely honour God and His standards. We can be ostracised or marginalised ('spitefully' used) by others.

The world says 'Hit back'. Note the verbs that Jesus uses to give each of us our marching orders as 'a soldier of the cross*' and 'a follower of the Lamb': 'love', 'do good to', and 'pray for'. The reason is because everyone who receives Christ as Saviour becomes a child of God (John 1:12) and begins to show the family characteristics as 'sons of your Father in heaven'. We also now have as our goal, though never achieved fully on earth, to 'be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.'

The Saviour we trust, follow and obey displayed these qualities without fault when He came to die for our sins on the cross. We need to keep close to Him.

*'Am I a soldier of the cross?' Isaac Watts (1721)

Points for reflection:

1. Am I ready to be opposed unreasonably without getting personal with my would-be adversary?

2. Could I make a prayer list now of people who have 'spitefully' used me and for whose good and blessing I should earnestly pray?