Thursday, December 24, 2015

what if we lived like this?

I know of late I've done less editorial comment in this blog & let the scripture speak for itself.

I know that may seem strange, & maybe a bit tiresome or tedious.

But here's how I look at it – the Bible is the Word of God – iow, it is God speaking to us, both in general, & in specific.

It seems that it would be a better idea to let the God of the universes speak for Himself rather than have me (a mere mortal nano-speck in the cosmos) speak for Him! ;-)

Anyway, consider this POWERFUL words of Jesus – what would our world look like – the one close at hand as well as the one at a distance – if all we who claim to follow Jesus actually started living out His words that follow here?

(you'd better brace yourself ;-)

Luke 6

27 "But to you who are willing to listen, I say,

love your enemies!

Do good to those who hate you.

28 Bless those who curse you.

Pray for those who hurt you.

29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also.

If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.

30 Give to anyone who asks;

and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back.

31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

  32 "If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that?

Even sinners love those who love them!

33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit?

Even sinners do that much!

34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit?

Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

  35 "Love your enemies!

Do good to them.

Lend to them without expecting to be repaid.

Then your reward from heaven will be very great,

and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High,

for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.

36 You must be compassionate,

just as your Father is compassionate.

37 "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.

Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.

Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

38 Give, and you will receive.

Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.

The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."

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