Daily Archives: November 22, 2011

1Chron.17; James 4; Jonah 1; Luke 6

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27,28

I got some great advice a few months back that I’ve used over and over again since.  I was told to “pray blessings” for someone who was being abusive and hateful.  I can truly say it was one of the hardest things I’ve done.  Boy, talk about a discipline – it was a chore!  But, it worked.  Almost instantaneously.  The person who gave me this advise (and who is likely reading this) said that the outcome is that by praying blessings, it takes a lot of the bad feelings away.  Which is true, but I think what it really does is locks us even tighter with the Holy Spirit.

I’ve come to know Him (the Holy Spirit) more lately – mostly because of that experience – but also because I’ve been searching (albeit still somewhat unsuccessfully) for my true spiritual gifts.  I’m becoming familiar with how engaged I am with Him during the day by the level of peacefulness I feel – or like right now by how easy this is coming to me.  It is quite amazing to truly know He dwells in me.

Loving our enemies is a tall order.  As humans we are bound up with honor and entitlement.  We feel like we need to be treated fairly and are justified in our anger.  But – Christ has a different plan.  Love.  Is that too cliché?  I don’t think so.  It is the thing that keeps the Spirit dwelling in us.  I know for me the less love I have in my heart, the less I feel the Spirit in me.  And I don’t like not feeling Him.

God, thank you for allowing your Holy Spirit to dwell in me and give me peace – teach me Love.  You are everlasting in your greatness.  Praise to you!  AMEN

Jim (jmitch1)


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