Love, do good, bless, pray: Bible Verse January 5th

Here is the next Bible verse in our Bible reading programme. The aim of the Bible verses is to allow the Bible to stimulate thought and prayer for us. Always remember too that others are looking at and praying this Bible verse today.

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28

1a74563f80f842e5f6d74b6eb6d87495Consider those occasions when you have shown love to your enemies? What was that like?

It is at times very difficult to love those whom we dislike or those who have hurt us. It can help us to grow in understanding of others, and indeed ourselves. It can help us not to be ‘frozen’ in dislike.

Here is the passage of the Bible this verse comes from, Luke 6:27-36.

‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.’

Think today of someone whom you find it difficult to get on with, or someone who has hurt you in a particular way. Say a prayer for them. Pray too for justice in our world.

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One Response to Love, do good, bless, pray: Bible Verse January 5th

  1. Nancy says:

    This is a hard passage to live. I understand that I can not let another person’s evil behavior take away from my attempt to live a godly, loving life. If a person is hateful to me & I hate back evil wins. I gave away my goodness cheaply.
    There has to be away to love my neighbor even when that neighbor is acting ungodly & causes hurt to me, my family, my church or other neighbors. How do I know the difference between this & fighting for social justice for all?

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