Wednesday, November 02, 2016

"Our Light" - 11/02/16 - Matthew 23, Luke 20-21

"There's no telling who will hate you because of Me.   
Even so, every detail of your body and soul - even the hairs of your head! - is in My care; nothing of you will be lost. 
Staying with it - that's what is required.
Stay with it to the end.
You won't be sorry; you'll be saved.
(Luke 21:17-19)

 "There's no telling who will hate you because of Me."
Our ABBA gives us an account in Scriptures of those whose hatred for Christ was driving them to kill Him.  They were plotting, trying to entrap, any which way they could to come up with a way to be rid of Him. 

 Christ knew all of what was in their hearts and spoke angrily of their actions. 

The wonderment of our Savior though, is if you read carefully in the verses today, His anger was because of all those they were hindering or leading astray from Him. 
He never took what they did personal.


Even on His way and upon The Cross. 

He looked beyond their actions, into their hearts, and what He saw brought about sorrowfulness, not hatred towards them.  He continually gave to them the opportunity to change their hearts and give up "self" for Him.  
As long as our hearts are beating, He continually gives us that choice.  To follow Him.

This is the Christlike attitude I pray to achieve. 
To love all as He loves.  To not take personal, looking beyond the attacks, into their hearts and pray for them.  To not hear, see, their dislike or hatred towards me, but to see them - standing outside of our ABBA.  Lost.  Angry.  Bitter.  Full of the world.  Full of self. 

To completely accept - no matter what - it isn't my job to protect or defend "me". 
To believe without any doubt whatsoever - He has me covered - "every detail of my body and soul - even the hairs of my head." 
There is nothing the enemy can throw at we who are His.  Nothing which can destroy us.  Christ overcame him through His death and resurrection. 
We must, as we go, striving to Love and Live as He.

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