Robertson: blessing man
[Jesus:] “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
—Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)
To recognize with delight all high, and generous, and beautiful actions; to find a joy even in seeing the good qualities of your bitterest opponents, and to admire those qualities even in those with whom you have least sympathy—this is the only spirit which can heal the love of slander and of calumny. If we would bless God, we must first learn to bless man, who is made in the image of God.
... Frederick W. Robertson (1816-1853), Sermons Preached at Trinity Chapel, Brighton, v. III, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1859, p. 60-61 (see the book)
See also Luke 6:27-28; Ps. 34:12-13; 52:4; Pr. 24:17-18; Matt. 5:11,43-45; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60; Rom. 3:13; 12:14; Eph. 4:31; Phil. 4:8; Tit. 3:1-2; Jas. 3:5-6; 4:11; 1 Pet. 3:10,15-16
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, grant me a heart to bless those who oppose me.
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