January 5, 2021 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is Luke 6:27-31, NIV.

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

One of the many astonishing things that Christ taught His disciples was to love their enemies and to do good to those that hated them. Jesus called them to bless those that cursed them and to pray for those who despitefully used them. He taught that they should not return evil for evil but should exhibit godly grace and divine love.

Godly love is a love that transcends human understanding. A love that has died to all self-centered, human motivation. Godly love is a love that allows the supernatural love of Christ to be freely manifested within a believer’s life. Human love is influenced by emotions, whereas divine love is a matter of the will - a will that is guided by the indwelling Spirit of God and a heart that is content to say, 'Thy will not mine be done in my life'.

It is only as the love of Christ is manifested within our heart that we are enabled to love our enemies, to do good to those that hate us, to pray for those that despitefully use us and to return nothing but kindness to those that mock us and ridicule us - hate us and kill us.

Loving our enemies and doing good to those that are unkind to us and spitefully use us can never be achieved in our own strength or self-effort. Godly love is not something that we can learn through education or develop through a training program. The divine love of God flows from an attitude of heart that places Christ in the center of every aspect of our lives.

Heavenly Father, thank You that by faith in Christ I can have a new heart. I pray that I may live and grow more like the Lord Jesus in the choices thar I make. Father I know that I can never love those that hate and despise me in my own strength... but I pray that in Your grace You would help me to make the right choices - so that my will is align to Your perfect will - so that Your love flows through me to others to Your praise and glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Donna DeMauro donna@demaurostl.com

Prayer Concern – Those who have difficulty understanding this type of agape love.

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