Tag Archives: Luke 6

Sunday Devotional: Speech discloses the bent of a person’s heart

Luke 6:39, 43-45

Jesus told his disciples…
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Sirach 27:4-6, 11-12, 22-24

When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear;
so do people’s faults when they speak.
The furnace tests the potter’s vessels;
the test of a person is in conversation.
The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had;
so speech discloses the bent of a person’s heart….
The conversation of the godly is always wisdom,
but the fool changes like the moon.
Limit the time you spend among the stupid,
but frequent the company of the thoughtful….
Whoever has shifty eyes plots mischief
and those who know him will keep their distance;
In your presence he uses honeyed talk,
and admires your words,
But later he changes his tone
and twists the words to your ruin.
I have hated many things but not as much as him,
and the Lord hates him as well.

In our corrupt culture, Christianity is portrayed as a pernicious and malevolent religion bent on blocking us from the pursuit of pleasure and being who we “really” are — the satanists’ credo of “Do as thou wilt”.

What they won’t tell you is that Christianity contains much wisdom and serves as a guide to life, as exemplified in the above passages from Luke 6 and Sirach 27, instructing us to listen carefully to and heed what a person says because “speech discloses the bent of a person’s heart”.

In fact, study after study testifies to the beneficent effects of being a true and faithful follower of Christ. See:

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters,
be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:
error0
 

Sunday Devotional: Do good to those who hate you

Luke 6:27-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say,
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Jesus never said being His follower would be easy.

In fact, He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” –Matthew 16:24

For me, the passage from Luke 6 may be the most difficult of all. We are told to love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, and actually pray for those who mistreat us.

How preposterous is that!

Doing all that goes against our every impulse. It certainly is entirely contrary to the Old Testament‘s injunction to exact vengeance in kind: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (Exodus 21:24-25)

Good grief. Why should we be so nice to our enemies?

Two reasons:

  1. “Do to others as you would have them do to you”: The Golden Rule of treating others as we would wish to be treated, and not treating others in ways that we would not want to be treated — a maxim found in not just Christianity, but in the world’s major religions and every ethical tradition.
  2. “For He himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
    Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”: A reminder to us when we are puffed up with righteous indignation and every cell of our body is bent on vengeful retaliation, that we aren’t so wonderful ourselves. God does not retaliate when we sin and hurt Him, but loves us in spite of ourselves. We should try and do likewise to those who hurt and injure us.

Is that too tall an order? — that we, imperfect and fallen creatures, should behave more like God?

Don’t we owe it to Him to at least try?

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:
error0
 

Sunday Devotional: Blessed are you when people hate you

Luke 6:17, 20, 22-23, 26-28

Jesus came down with the twelve….
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“…Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way….
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
But to you who hear I say,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.”

On June 28, 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama famously proclaimed, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation”.

Eight years of his presidency only worked to further de-Christianize America, seen most vividly among the young in the graph below (source: Washington Post).

In 2014, 82% of Americans 65 and older, but only 57% of Americans 18-29 identified themselves as Christians. Younger Americans increasingly identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated: 34% of those ages 18-29  vs. 11% of those 65 and older. As recently as the 1990s, less than 1 in 10 Americans claimed no religious affiliation. By 2014, the religiously unaffiliated increased to 22% of the U.S. population. According to Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, by 2051, if current trends continue, religiously unaffiliated Americans could comprise as large a percentage of the population as all Protestants combined — a thought that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

What the graph and Jones fail to address is that, as Americans increasingly become religiously unaffiliated, witchcraft and satanism are surging:

As Christianity wanes, come the concomitant discriminaton against and persecution of Christians: bakers, teachers, Salvation Army bell-ringers. The homosexual director of Disney’s “Beauty and Beast” declared wanting to rip the Bible to pieces. Sen. Bernie Sanders actually said faithful Christians are racist bigots, unfit for public office. In fact, a 2017 report confirmed that the U.S. government’s hostility toward Christianity spiked under President Obama.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that we are hated and abused, for “If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.” (John 15:18)

For that hatred, we are told to “rejoice and leap for joy”. As Jeremiah 17:7-8 says:

Thus says the LORD:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
it fears not the heat when it comes;
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.

Be strong!

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:
error0