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Love in the Face of Contempt

March 6, 2020

“I’m calling each of you to be missionaries for love in the face of contempt. If you don’t see enough of it, you’re in an echo chamber and need a wider circle of friends – people who disagree with you.”

One month ago, Arthur Brooks said that at the National Prayer Breakfast.

I think it still applies today.

And I’m pretty sure so does the person who said this —

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that

I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.

This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.

If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”

— Christ Jesus said that in Matthew 5:44-47.

Let’s review this application principle from a month ago: “I’m calling each of you to be missionaries for love in the face of contempt. If you don’t see enough of it, you’re in an echo chamber and need a wider circle of friends – people who disagree with you.”

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