Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Valentines' Message ...

... from the Fifth Chapter of the Gospel According to Mark:



[The Message] I am telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does.

He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

"In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."


V. The Word of the Lord

R. Happy Valentines Day!

2 comments:

Mariah and Byron Edgington said...

Thank you. We needed to hear your message today.

Lindy said...

I like the language used here because my enemies do help me work out my God-created identity. It's not a very easy path but a good solid enemy reveals all.

I'm glad you posted this.