God calls us to love one another. Jesus says, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”-Matt 5:44 If someone strikes us on the cheek, we are to turn to him the other one. Be meek, but not crazy. We should not paint a bullseye on our cheek and go dancing on the lawn of the local archery hunt club. God calls us to pray unceasing. He has called us to a spiritual battle that we cannot fully comprehend with the constraints of our finite mind and body.
I hear a clear calling to pray when I hear emergency sirens or see flashing red lights. Every ambulance I witness prompts me to pray for any accident victims or anyone with an emergency. But God calls us to pray for and love those people who are not in need. Every person we meet, no matter how self-righteous or undeserving they may appear, commands our love.
God is in control of all of our encounters. He puts people in our life expecting us to Love them and shine His light into their world. We cannot see with our own eyes the darkness some people are in. We must trust God and shine His light of Love for everyone to see. Not for them to see us shining, but for them to see in their own darkness.
When you turn on a light in a dark room, do you look at the light or what the light illuminates? We don’t stare at the light and we don’t shine His light to get attention to ourselves. We shine the light of His Love for others to see their own path; to help them see obstacles and avoid getting hurt; to show them Love and help them grow.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.