Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 4, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 4, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Love your enemies
Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'You
shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.'
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, so that you may be children
of your Parent in heaven; for God makes the sun rise
on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love
those who love you, what reward do you have? Do
not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if
you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more
are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles
do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly
Creator is perfect."
I heard a remarkable story about a military chaplain
serving with the United States Marine Corps during
the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. They had many
prisoners of war (POWs) in the desert camps. The
days were blazing hot. Cans of fluid were precious
and wise soldiers carefully rationed them throughout
the day. This particular chaplain was thirsty and
tempted to drink his water early in the day. Instead
he determined to save it for later. He would drink
it before going to sleep. This thought consoled him
as he went about his duties in the terrible heat of
the day. His thirst grew hourly.
Many of the American and Allied soldiers treated the
Iraqi POWs harshly. War is war. Kill or be killed.
And the prisoners were also thirsty. Fluid priorities
went to the American soldiers as they guarded their
prisoners. As the chaplain made his rounds, he
noticed one Iraqi prisoner almost dead with thirst.
His own thirst was powerful. It would have been so
easy to look the other way. But he did not. His
soldiers discouraged him, reminding him that he
should take care of himself so he could take care
of them. There was not enough water to go around,
but the chaplain slowly knelt and held his can of
water to the dying enemy soldier's lips.
Love your enemies. "If your enemy is hungry, feed
him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink
do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with
good" (Romans 12:20-21).
God, help us love our enemies. Help us pray for
those who persecute us with the love of Christ.
Grace and peace,
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