Your Depth Of Love

26 Jun

Your Depth Of Love…

David was hunted by King Saul and yet, when Saul and his son Jonathan died, and David became king of Israel, he didn’t gloat or boast, instead he wept. And in his weeping, he pronounced a curse on the mountain of Gilboa on which Saul and Jonathan were slain. He said this, “O mountains of Gilboa, let not dew nor rain be upon you, nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty was defiled…”

The amazing thing is if you go to Israel today you’ll find Mt. Gilboa surrounded by the fertile plains of the nation’s heartland. But for thousands of years, Mt. Gilboa itself remained largely barren – just as the curse of David was pronounced three thousand years earlier. Mt. Gilboa is an amazing testimony, not only of an ancient curse but of an ancient love. It’s the testimony of David’s love and faithfulness for his enemy Saul.

Jesus commands you to do likewise – love your enemy. For the one who loves his enemy is the one who is truly mighty, mighty enough to move mountains, or at the very least, to curse them.

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful,just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:27-36

Is there a person whom you see as your enemy? Ask the Lord what blessing you should pray over them, and pray it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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