Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.20.14

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
 Luke 6:35, 36 ESV
 Father, even when I’m disrespected, cheated, or taken advantage of, let me take the high road Lord, and if I can’t seek and gain resolution, let me pick myself up and walk away. I will not be a victim but I won’t be the villain either. Curb my desire to react and mold in me the patience to think before I respond. I want to be more like Jesus.
 Jesus didn’t tolerate ignorance from those who claimed to know better, from those who claimed to be righteous leaders and teachers. But Jesus was and is the ultimate forgiver. Jesus would turn the other cheek, and even forgave those who betrayed, tortured and crucified him. That is love.
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday was last week on the 15th. Today is his national holiday, and it was both an honor and privilege to take part in the commemorative service at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (his church home) celebrating his life and legacy. Dr. King wasn’t a saint or a messiah. He wasn’t Jesus Christ. He was a man whose wife stood by his side, while lovingly pushing him to do what he was called to do—fight for freedom, and do so nonviolently—be rebellious against the status quo without once ever instilling genuine fear in others, and without ever raising a fist or weapon.
 Dr. King was not Jesus, but he tried to consider the same thing many of us do each day, “what would Jesus do?” and “what would Jesus say?” It is true, one person can make a difference. The decisions we make will always impact another person, and will create a domino effect. The greatness of the effect depends on how great our decision and how deep our impact on others. We all make choices. What choices will you make?
 Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted.

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