Dr. Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farm and author of The Cottonpatch Gospel, once said, “The measure of a Christian is not in the height of his grasp but in the depth of his love.”
He also said, “Even though people about us choose the path of hate and violence and warfare and greed and prejudice, we who are Christ’s body must throw off these poisons and let love permeate and cleanse every tissue and cell. Nor are we to allow ourselves to become easily discouraged when love is not always obviously successful or pleasant. Love never quits, even when an enemy has hit you on the right cheek and you have turned the other, and he’s also hit that.”
In our Gospel text, Jesus warns us that persecution will come. We see that all over the world as Christians are persecuted. We read daily how faith and Christianity are cursed by some segments in our society. How must we respond? Our response must emulate the paradigm of Jesus who taught peace, love, and not responding out of malice and hatred.
Prayer: Father God, that is such a hard lesson for us to learn, so grant us your wisdom, your patience, and your love, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.