The Kingdom of Heaven: Perfect Love

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 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, 45 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. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

(Matt. 5:43-48, NKJV)

Jesus has just told the crowds to turn the other cheek, to show kindness even when it’s not natural to do so. But just in case you didn’t quite get it the first time, He expounds on this tough idea.

The common saying of the day was to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But only half of that was actually based in Scripture: Continue reading

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Ask for Rain

Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter [spring] rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.

(Zechariah 10:1)

 

We have a CD with this verse put into song. I’ve heard it dozens of times, but never really thought about what it was saying.

Read it again. Does anything strike you as odd?

It says to “Ask the LORD for rain.” When? In the time of drought or famine?

No! It says to “Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.”

In the season when rain is expected and practically assumed to come – ask God for rain.

 

Don’t take your blessings for granted. Remember from Whom they come, and consider that it is in His power both to give and to take away.