Jesus sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them.
Years of differences between the Jews and Samaritans resulted in the Samaritans shunning the messengers Jesus had sent ahead. Two of Jesus’ disciples asked Him if they could call on God to destroy the Samaritans in retaliation. Isn’t this the natural, human reaction…to attack someone who has wrongly treated us? It’s been going on for years…and years…and years…and years. Jesus’ answer to his disciples’ question was a stern “no.” If we all responded to persecution in a non-violent manner with a firm conviction and stance for justice but through love and compassion toward those who wrong us instead of seeking revenge…what would happen? Has it ever really been tried? A few notable people have preached this message…such as Jesus, Martin Luther King and Gandhi. All three were murdered. But all three made a great difference in the world that continues to be felt. Be that kind of change that you want to see in the world!
Suggested song of the day– “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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