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“Power Under Control”
 
Following Jesus, it sounds like it might not be very difficult.
But when one looks at how He lived, we quickly see it is not an easy or popular way to live.
 
I invite you to read the following scriptures.
 
Matthew 5:38-48
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
 
43 “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?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
 
This way of living is not easy to live. If someone hurts us, we want to get back at them.
Sometimes we are tempted to hurt them before they hurt us.
 
Believers, once again we have the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling us so we can live more like Christ.
 
May we continue to give those old habits and behavior to Him and continue changing so we might be used by Him.
 
Yes, we might have the physical power to be like the Old Adam. Put that power under the control of the Lord God.

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