Just some reflections on Luke 6:24-27-36 after listening to the recording of Bobby Kelly’s 2012 Winter Bible Study at FBC, Ponca City.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”Luke 6:27-31 ESV
We live in a culture of violence, and it can be difficult to break out of that cycle. Where does it stop? It is hard, but for those of us empowered by the Holy Spirit, we encourage each other when we respond with love and forgiveness instead of getting even. When you strike back, you are behaving like someone of the world instead of a follower of Christ, and it only makes things worse.
Ask yourself this, “Will this action or word that I am about to do or say escalate or de-escalate the problem?”
This change of thinking is only truly possible with the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.