Good morning all,
The word of the day is “deprecate.” Jesus understood the meaning of true persecution. When he spoke, he understood that people go through certain trials and tribulations. Each of the people in the audience listening to him had relational problems. It is probably a safe bet to say that people back then dealt with the same kind of stuff that we do today. He gave a pretty solid statement concerning the way that we should act:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”
My question is: in this New Year as you make resolutions, are you willing to act like Jesus? This part of Jesus’ sermon highlights the fact that we should always treat others the way that we would like to be treated. But we should also go further than that and do what others will not do. If you want to be different, this year needs to encompass an attitude of the Savior. We have no time to deprecate, or belittle, others for any reason. Let us begin this year the right way, acting the way Jesus did and treating others in a way that will make this world a better place.
Praying for you,