Today's Lectionary Text
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Beautiful Golden Gate Bridge spans the entrance to San Francisco Bay. It is anchored in mighty towers on either side of the gateway. The foundations of these towers go deep into the rock ribs of the earth and their tops are often shrouded in the clouds. The bridge may sway from the ocean gales, but it stands secure. It forms a safe passageway for the traffic which flows in endless stream across the surface.
A young Chinese bride in San Francisco said of one of the ladies of her church, “She built a bridge of love from her heart to mine, and Jesus walked across.”
Christian love is translated by the Greek word “agape.” It means a love so great and constant that it redeems the one who is loved. Jesus showed us the limits to which that kind of love will go when He died on the cross. He built a safe bridge between men and their Heavenly Father.
When love controls our lives, we open a passageway over which other men may find God.
Shared from the 1967 Lyndon (Kansas) UMC Lenten Devotional
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Father, use my life today, as a safe bridge over which someone may find Thee. Amen
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