July 20 “Love your enemy”

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“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 (Matt. 5.44).

What do you value more—your rights when abused and mistreated or the eternal destiny of your abuser?

Today’s Readings:
Ezra 1 & 2
Psalm 86.6-10
Proverbs 21.15-16
Acts 21.18-40

Ezra 1 & 2:

God the Author of human history

Jerusalem

The book of Ezra picks up where 2 Chronicles left off, with a pagan king named Cyrus sending the captives who wanted to return, back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

Verse 1 says, “that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled …” God was orchestrating the course of human events. History is His-story.

And just as God is in control of the events of human history, He is control of our individual histories, as well. Continue reading