How we practice makes as much of a difference as to what we believe…
Understanding how to or even what to practice in demonstrating our faith is important to accomplishing through God’s infinite grace the perfecting the Bible talks about, consider Matthew 5:43-48.
Love for Enemies43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
WHO IS YOUR ENEMY?
Is it the church down the street that you are competing with for spiritual supremacy of your neighborhood?
Is it the factions within your church that you compete with for supremacy of who gets to be THE ONE or ONES that comes up with and implements all the cool and or newest outreach or ministry ideas?
Is it your family or circle of friends or certain persons within your family or circle of friends?
WHO IS YOUR PERSECUTOR?
Is it the people from the 33,000 other christian denominations that exist in this wacky world?
Is it the people in your very own chosen church?
Members of the church against non-members or adherents?
Is it family members or friends maybe co-workers that persecute you because of your belief?
No matter who your enemies and persecutors are the biblical response is to show love which can be acquainted to actual holiness. Love and holiness go together like hate and death are to sin.
For us to defeat the hate responses or anger we feel at being persecuted or hated by others. then we cannot rely on our own understanding alone, but the understanding of God as promised in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38,39). If we are to overcome hate and persecution in our domestic, personal, spiritual and working lives we need to trust God's promises to be true and already fulfilled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of our sins.
We also need to admit that none of us are perfect see; ADVERTISING OUR IMPERFECTIONS, also consider what the bible says about us Romans 3;9-20
The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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