Be Merciful

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” The Golden Rule, with various adaptations, appears in the sacred writings of several religions. The version as recorded in the Gospel according to Luke, may be the most challenging to fulfill.

Woman slapped with colored dust

One can readily pray for those who abuse you without anyone ever knowing. “God help them understand the pain they cause,” would minimally meet that part of Jesus’ explanation of this Rule. Blessing those who curse you, could similarly be done from afar. “Tough Love,” might be used to rationalize loving one’s enemies. But doing good to those who hate you? Offering the other cheek to one who slaps you? Offering the shirt off your back to someone who steals a coat? All for undefined future heavenly blessings?

I will have more to say about Luke 6:27-38 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

Holding a grudge can be like having a stone in your shoe. Both hurt when you do even unrelated things and affect how you treat other people.

This Sunday’s first lesson captures Joseph forgiving his brothers (Genesis 45). The Beginner’s Bible tells the whole story of Joseph’s fight with his brothers and their reunion many years later at a level appropriate for young children.