Monday, March 07, 2016

When Reviled We Bless

 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
On all the just God keeps his eyes;
his ears are open to their cries.
He from the wicked turns his face
from earth their memory to erase.
The righteous cried; the Lord gave heed;
and them from all their troubles freed.
To broken hearts the Lord is near;
to save the contrite he'll appear.
 —Psalm 34:15-18
When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly.
—1 Corinthians 4:12b-13a
The gracious soul can never justify its own despondency; for, take it under its severest pressures from evil people and things, let it but continue to act like itself, and it has more causes for consolation than for dejection.

Think not that God forgets or hates you, because the bitter cup remains in your hand. But think of God as infinitely amiable, trustworthy, and compassionate. For were not his fidelity inviolable, his mercy and grace exceedingly rich, and his compassion deep, how could these characters of excellence, which he imprints upon the gracious soul, be called his image?

It is blasphemy against the grace and goodness of your God, and a flat contradiction to all the endearing accounts which he has given you of his grace and clemency for you to think him careless or cruel or false.

 Matthew Sylvester (alt.), from a 1682 sermo
Help me, Lord, not to fear being among the persecuted, but rather, to rejoice in having the honor of standing for your restorative justice and rightness, so I will see that your kingdom is my homeland, even now. Help me, Lord, to be among those who suffer wrong well and with grace. Help me not to resent it, not to fear it, not to seek to escape it. Instead, help me to find joy in it... when others insult me, make my life more difficult, or falsely malign me because of you. Help me to see through the momentary, light trouble to the lasting and weighty reward, even now, for your kingdom comes by suffering rather than by making others suffer...
 —Brian Maclaren
 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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