Today’s Picture: Jesus Teaching the Disciples by Mike Quirke
The Teachings of Jesus: Turn the other cheek
Jesus had the confidence to change the rules where appropriate.
In the Law, (Deuteronomy 19:21) Scriptures says, an ‘eye for an eye’.
Yet Jesus had the audacity to change the Law.
Should we have the same confidence?
Do we have the courage to decide what is appropriate for today’s culture?
Are we ready to make changes in the way we see the environment,
the place of women in society, or Church practices?
Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: Ask for what you desire. Suggestion: To follow Jesus’ teachings with delight.
Setting: You may imagine you are listening to Jesus on the hillside, or just ponder the words and let their uncommon sense challenge you.
Matthew 5: 38-48 HCSB
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I tell you, don’t resist an evil doer.
On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek,
turn the other to him also.
As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt,
let him have your coat as well.
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to the one who asks you,
and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have?
Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your brothers,
what are you doing out of the ordinary?
Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Conversation: Imagine you are talking to Jesus, what do you want to say?
How might Jesus respond?
Final prayer: Finish with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.
Today’s Music: Love changes everything, sung by Michael Ball and Il Divo.
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