Scripture Reading: Luke 6:27-36

But I say unto you, 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. Matthew 5:44

People are always eager to get rid of their enemies. The devil's formula is to get men to physically annihilate those they dislike. Christ, too, gives us advice on how to eliminate our enemies, but He would have us destroy not them but their animosity. By the power of His grace and love they are to be turned into friends.

The story is told of Hudson Taylor, dressed in Chinese costume, who was one time waiting for a boatman to take him across a river. As he stood on the dock, a richly dressed Chinese came and also awaited transportation. When the boat came near, this man, not seeing that Mr. Taylor was a foreigner, struck him on the head and knocked him over into the mud. Taylor said his first impulse was to smite the man, but God immediately stopped him. When the boat drew alongside, the man looked more closely at Mr. Taylor whom he had abused and suddenly recognized that he was a foreigner. He could hardly believe his eyes and said, "What, you a foreigner and you would not strike me back when I struck you like that?" The missionary replied, "Friend, this boat is mine. Come in and I will take you where you want to go." On the way, Mr. Taylor poured into the wondrous message of salvation. When the missionary left, tears of repentance and joy were running down the face of his former attacker. Such is the power of the Gospel to transform enemies of God and man into eternal friends.

Act upon Jesus' advice this moment by thinking of someone who has "despitefully used you" and "pray for them" right now. (H.G.B.)

How our lives would speak for Jesus,

If we ever kept in view,

Every word and thought and action,

"What would Jesus do?"

— A.B. Simpson

"A little of the oil of Christlike love will save a lot of friction."

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