God Is Love, Part X
Love is not provoked. I Corinthians 13:5
Jesus said, "Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." I don't know about you but I would rather someone punch me in the face than slap me. There is something about being slapped that provokes one to anger! We as believers don't have the luxury of hitting back, but like sheep, the nature of our God tells us to grin and bear it, turn the other and be blessed!
The divine nature of God within us, inherited from Him as His children develops a characteristic of the Most High that the world doesn't have. Our fleshly nature wants to retaliate against all provocation and fight back but the Holy Spirit within us convicts us that we have no right to and we have to submit even as Jesus did, being crucified for our sins! This is the love of God in us bearing witness to the world that we are the children of God, because God is love, therefore we are to exhibit that love, being bound by that which God has given us, His Holy Spirit.
This is what distinguishes us as children of God from the sons of the devil, the divine nature of Godly love freely given even to our enemies! For God so loved the world as the scripture states, He gave His own Son to be crucified for us and for everyone ever born on the planet, even evil people like Hitler, mass murderer of God's own people, Osama Bin Laden, the men who flew into the trade center, could all, at the last moment cried out for mercy and forgiveness and God would have graciously pardoned them! Sound ridiculous, but it is true, our Father in Heaven opens His arms to everyone who repents and gives their heart to Him!
"If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. "Give to him who asks of you and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:40-45
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin