Daily Encouragement ~ 1/30

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 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 5:43-44

These two verses and the four that follow it always leave me blinking rapidly and thinking, “Are you kidding me?” Jesus tells us to love our enemies as well as our friends and family, and I’m here to tell you, that isn’t always easy to do. But, I must also say, it can be done; Jesus did it.

But I’m not Jesus! As much as I’d like to be perfect, I doubt I will ever be—at least not while I’m here on this earth and in this body. I’ll go a step further and say the only way I’ll ever be perfect, is if God causes me to be that way. And if He wants to make me perfect, I’ll be glad to let Him!

I do think I’m better than I used to be—in many ways—but I’m still far from what I can be. And the only way I’ve gotten to where I am now, is because I’ve given more of my time to God, and turned more of my attention toward Him. Amazingly, it seems the more attention I give God the more I’m drawn to Him. (I think that’s how He had it planned.)


  1. Beautifully honest ….thank you for sharing

  2. elizena said

    Another Amen, Charles! I must say though that I’m perfect…perfectly silly and flawed that is. Yeah, I would have to say that if God asked me, “Elizena, do you mind if I make you perfect?” I’d like totally jump at the chance, but like you I know that I’ll never be perfect, because only God is perfect and holy. So for now I’ll just be perfectly happy to follow where He leads, until He takes me home. Blessings!

    • I like to think we are perfect, Elizena. Perfect in God’s eyes. Because! He needs all different kinds of people to get His plan accomplished, and He made you and me just like we are, so we could do our part for Him. I like to think we are what we are, and who we are, at this very minute, because this is what, and who, God needs us to be right now.

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