THEME: GOD IS LOVE
“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. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
-God gave us a command to love our enemies. For us to love our enemies we need to obey God’s command out of our own will. We are called to overcome evil with good and not with evil. One recommended way of doing this is by giving food and drink to our enemies when they are hungry and thirsty, and by so doing we heap coals of fire on their heads (Romans 12:20-21). Generosity and good deeds overcome evil. In our friendships, relationships and marriages, sometimes things do not go the way we expect. We make enemies in our own homes and associations where people stop talking to each other, others act and talk disrespectfully to one another, some hurt one another badly beyond expectation, but God calls us to make that decision to forgive them and love them unconditionally. When people attach conditions to love based on health, beauty, wealth and qualifications then this fails, the friendships, relationships or marriages break. During marriage, the couple makes a vow before God on the altar to love and care for each other in sickness and health, wealth and poverty until death separates them. When a vow made before God is broken, judgement precedes them. We are called to mend the broken relationships and marriages through forgiveness. God has commanded us to forgive not seven times but seventy times seven times; so that He can forgive our trespasses too. Unlike the tax collectors, we are called to love not only those who love us but also those who hate us so that we may receive our reward as sons of God. God is love and His love is perfect and He calls to love unconditionally so that we may become perfect like Him.
Lord Jesus You have commanded us to love You and our neighbours as ourselves, fill our hearts with Your love we humbly ask You. Grant us the grace to love all those who have offended us, do good to all those who hate us, pray for those who persecute us and bless all those who curse us, with unconditional love so that we can be perfect just like You are perfect Lord. Be with all those who are divorced that You may give them hope of a better life and grant all their hearts desires; merciful Father. Remember all those who have been separated in marriage that You may restore their marriages and do a new thing in their lives. Be with all the widows and widowers that You may grant them total peace as You are their Spouse and grant them all their requests dear Jesus according to Your will. We commit all those who are married in Your able hands Lord that You may bless them and continue to unite them in Your love. Be with all those who are unmarried and seek marriage partners, that You may show Yourself faithful to them and answer them like You answered Isaac and Rebecca. You have said in Your word Jesus that no one shall lack a mate, grant us favour according to Your word and bless our descendants to the tenth generation. Sprinkle Your precious blood upon our blood lines Jesus and deliver our families from all forms of spiritual oppression. We are more than conquerors in You Jesus, give us victory in all areas of our lives. Grant us the grace Lord to forgive all those who have offended as You forgive our trespasses too. Grant us the grace to do Your will and teach us to walk in Your way. Deliver our church and political leaders from all evil, grant them wisdom and cover our nation with Your precious blood. No evil fashioned against us shall prosper and no tongue raised against us shall prevail, for the battle belongs to You Jesus. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding prevail in the whole world. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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