Target Point, Vol. 24 of 33
Today's Verse/Thought: Being Like Christ, 2-Attitude Adjustment
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
Jesus would not have told us to love our enemies if we were never going to have any. We all have enemies-sometimes we know them and sometimes we don't. Enemies are those we do not like or agree with. Jesus says to love them.
One of the biggest reasons why Christians do not look any different from the rest of the world is because we fail to live up to this command. Jesus loved, and was able to see the potential in, everyone. He expects the same from us. The Bible tells us not to judge others. Having a wrong attitude toward those we do not like or agree with can have a detrimental affect on our own spiritual well being.
Do you find yourself telling demeaning or off-color jokes about others? Maybe they are political leaders or people you struggle with in life. As a believer in Jesus we cannot allow ourselves this liberty. Decide to rid yourself of all such slander.
Make a list of the people who may be your enemies. Next to each name list an action item-something you know you need to do. It might be asking someone to lunch and having a heart-to-heart talk with them. Perhaps you need to ask someone to forgive you for the way you have been thinking or the things you have said. Begin to pray for each of these people on your list. Ask God to show you how He would have you pray.
Proverbs 16:3 says that if we commit our WORKS (behavior) to the Lord-then our THOUGHTS (attitude) will be established. Having a healthy attitude about people is critical and requires us to be pro-active.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Being Like Christ, 3-Leaving the Comfort Zone