Friday, May 16, 2014

Peterson: the opposing crowds

Friday, May 16, 2014
    Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
    [Jesus:] “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
    —Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
    This world is no friend to grace. A person who makes a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior does not find a crowd immediately forming to applaud the decision or old friends spontaneously gathering around to offer congratulations and counsel.
    ... Eugene H. Peterson (b. 1932), A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 15 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:11-12; 10:22; 13:57-58; 23:37; 24:9; Luke 4:24,28-30; 6:22; John 1:45-46; 4:44; 15:18-21; 16:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your power is sufficient to cover our weakness.
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