“He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.”
How could anyone dislike Jesus? I mean, He healed and cared for a lot of people. Yet, many not only disliked Jesus, they pursued His destruction. How did Jesus handle His enemies?
We must study this question because Jesus’ way to handle enemies is the best way. It is actually the only way. It covers anxiety, bitterness, and fear.
These passages also tell us that Jesus promises that we will have enemies. Therefore, we need to stop trying to rid ourselves of detractors and find out how to live in a world where they exist.
Use the HEAR method as you spend time with today’s scripture.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Today’s Post is by Pastor Stephen Williams