So, I’m reading along in the second day of the M’Cheyene Bible Reading Plan (that I wanted to start in January and totally messed up on but moving on) and it happens that one of the chapters to read is Romans 12. I’m reading along, and I’m reading along, and I’m reading and I’m all innocent and making notes ‘gifting, yes that’s nice, Pastor Riddell touched on that last week and that’s kinda cool to be here again’ I’m la-laing along as I do when I’m reading and enjoying the Scripture and then this happens:
Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse
*wthwap* right between the ole’ eyeballs, it hits like a pebble. So I rub the bridge of my nose, and continue onward, a little more cautiously this time. I know better than to be running pell-mell through the chapter once one verse hits. Conviction and these suckers travel together, and where one convicting little pebble verse is, there are sometimes, most times, others. So I continue reading, rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, nothing too pebble-of-conviction like there. And then, it avalanched straight onto my soul.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to hat is honorable in the sight of all.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written ‘Vengence is Mine and I will repay’ says the Lord.
To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink;
Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ow. Ow. Ow. OW. Ow.
Yeah, apparently there’s going to be more to this “loving my enemies” for six days than I thought. Oh, I’m all ready doing it, but the way. Through gritted teeth, and with labored breath with sweat pricking along my forehead, but I am doing it. It’s not pretty taking a long sobering look at the ugliness of my own flesh (I’ll spare you, no need to terrify you)
I do think, however, Jesus is pleased with His Valentine’s Day gift. And really, that’s all that matters.
What about you, scribes, when was the last time you OUCHED over something in the Bible or the Holy Spirit pricked your spirit with an admonishment? C’mon now, I’ve shared some of my ugliness. I promise, no one will be surprised at yours. We all share the same nature, sadly.