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IN RESPONSE TO HORRIFIC, DEVASTATING TRAGEDIES…

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ROD SHIMABUKURO

IN RESPONSE TO HORRIFIC, DEVASTATING TRAGEDIES…WHAT MY HEART IS WORKING THROUGH.

Rom. 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.  11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Rom. 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Rom. 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Questions I’m asking my heart?

How do I “feed my enemies?”  I want fully to obey much of the instructions in the Scripture above, but “bless those who persecute you?”  The evil in me wants to hate and take revenge – so what is & where is justice?

I can’t just believe and be and live…just “parts of” God’s Word and instructions!

But I’m wrestling with “How to love enemies.”

Dear Father,

Help me to surrender to Your love, be helped by Your mercy and be led by Your wisdom and instructions.  Please help me not to hate, think evil, do evil and sin against you, those I love and even my enemies.

I know in the end, and all the way until the end…of my life…You are my Hope.

I believe in Your aloha. I want to be Your aloha.  I want to live Your aloha!