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Throwback Thursday: The Other Side

THE OTHER SIDE

 

And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him,

He gave a command to depart to the other side. –Matt. 8:18

 

After much time with the multitudes, healing the sick, Jesus commanded the disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee to the other side. This account continues in verse 23, as they get into the boat. Suddenly, a great storm arose. Storms are common on the Sea of Galilee. Most of the disciples were fishermen, and they were accustomed to storms. However, this storm frightened them greatly as the boat began to take on water.

Jesus, fully man and fully God, was tired, and He was sleeping. The cries of the disciples awoke Him, and He calmed the storm.

Why did Jesus command them to cross over with a storm in their path? He is omniscient – knowing all things. Why does He allow storms into our lives?

Obviously, the disciples needed stronger faith. In Matthew 8:26, Jesus said, “Why are you fearful, O you of Little faith?” The same question could be asked of us. Why are we fearful? Jesus Christ is with each of us just as He was in that boat with the disciples.

The disciples had been with Jesus witnessing many miracles. Yet, they were amazed when He calmed the winds and waves. Perhaps, they realized that only the Creator could control the creation.

History tells us that each one of the disciples was severely persecuted. As they faced their enemies, surely they remembered that stormy night. They remembered that they were not alone for Jesus was with them. They remembered His power and His miracles. The same is true for believers today. We can look back to times that Jesus has brought us through the stormy nights, and that reminder will calm our fears.

Jesus will allow storms to cross our paths. Do not fear, He is right there in the storm with us, and we will make it safely to the other side.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Love Your Enemies

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6:35-36 (NKJV)

Someone has probably popped in your mind. It may be someone that you cannot get along with no matter how hard you try, or it may be someone who hates God and wallows in the worst kinds of sin. We hate their sin, but we should love them enough to give them the truth of the gospel.

Biblical love is not an emotion, but it is a choice to be merciful. The story of the good Samaritan is a great example of this. Two men passed the injured Jew by, but the one who stopped was his enemy, a Samaritan. The hatred between Jews and Samaritans ran very deep.

Since God is kind to the unthankful and evil, we are to show them that same kindness. We are God’s children. Therefore, we are supposed to be like Him. God does not withhold blessings from the wicked. He causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on all. This is known as “common grace”. When we love our enemies, we are showing them the love of God.

The unsaved world loves its own, but they hate their enemies. We are no longer part of them, and we are to love as God loves (v. 32-33).

It is difficult to love someone that you really don’t even like, but if we do not love them it is sin. We can only do this through the power and love of God. Pray for God to help you love this person. Begin to pray for your enemy, and you will see a change in your attitude toward them. Be your Father’s child and love.

Lord Jesus,

Forgive us for our failure to love perfectly as You do. Put that kind of love in our hearts, especially for our enemies. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 6:27-36.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Who is your enemy? Make them your mission field. Begin by praying for them. Do something kind for them this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.