Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | April 25, 2019 | Enrich and Sustain your relationship with Jesus reading our daily devotional  Matthew 5:43-48 – Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  

The Power of Love | Matthew 5:43-48 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use

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Beloved, the gracious acts and deeds of love of. God, your loving Father in heaven, to humanity of all ages,  revealed Him clearly as a perfect God. See some of His gracious acts and deeds of love, that made Him perfect.

Psalms 145:9: The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Acts 14:17: Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:7-10. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, because of this, God encouraged His saints of all ages, including  you to commit  themselves to a lifestyle of acts and deeds of love, that enables them to be perfect.

Genesis 6:9. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Genesis 17:1: And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Exodus 23:4: -5. ¶If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.  If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

Leviticus 19:18: ¶Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 18:13: Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

Proverbs 25:21-22. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Job 1:1: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job 1:8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Psalms 37:37: Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

In addition, God of old encouraged His saints to  love those that loves godly deeds and separate and hate those who who do not. These He did, to discourage His saints from having anything to do with the heathen nations and the idol worshippers.

2 Chronicles 19:2. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.

Exodus 17:14-16. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah–nissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Deuteronomy 23:6: Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Deuteronomy 25:17: ¶Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

Psalms 139:21-22.  Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14. When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Joshua 24:15-16. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

However, when our Lord began His earthly ministry, when He saw how the Jews  and humanity have personalised this commandment of hating their enemies,  which was not for individuals, but for  heathen nations, to discourage saints of old from worshipping idols, He reformed the commandment. See it.

Matthew 5:43-48. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Do everything to avoid this cruel behaviour of the Jews of old. Love and forgive your enemies, after the order of your Father in heaven and your Lord Jesus Christ. It shall be well with you in Jesus name.
Dearly beloved, our Lord during His earthly ministry, revealed to believers of all ages and you, through His lifestyle  gracious acts and deeds of love that  enables biblical perfection .

John 15:13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 14:31. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

1 John 4:19. . We love him, because he first loved us.

Luke 23:34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

1 Peter 2:21-23. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

No wonder He taught His followers of all ages and that includes you, on gracious acts and deeds that must characterise their daily lifestyle to make them perfect as their Father in heaven. See what He taught.

Matthew 5:43-48. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 6:27-28. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Luke 6:34 -35  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

John 14:23-24. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

Revelation 3:2: Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Dearly beloved, the blessed Holy Spirit further buttressed  what our Lord taught with the following admonition.

Romans 12:14. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Romans 12:20 -21. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1 Peter 3:9: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Having received these instructions from both our Lord and the blessed Holy Spirit, the Bible days  believers, lived accordingly, that even the idol worshippers , seeing  these gracious acts and deeds of love that enables perfection, gave them the name Christian. See how they lived.

Acts 7:59-60. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Corinthians 4:12 -13. And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:  Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

2 Corinthians 13:9: For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, evenyour perfection.

Philippians 3:12: Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:15: Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Colossians 4:12: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

These were the lifestyle the Idol worshippers saw and named them Christians.

Acts 11:26. And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Dearly beloved, you also commit your lifestyle henceforth to these gracious acts and deeds of love. They shall make you perfect like your Father in heaven, and also help you to qualify for the dawning rapture or live eternally with God in heaven at the end of time.
May the good Lord help you to be wise into salvation in Jesus name.
JESUS’S EXEMPLARY LIFESTYLE OF BIBLICAL LOVE AND PERFECTION . FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE.
Friend, events happening around us day after day globally are pointing to the fact that the end time is here and rapture is dawning. Necessity is laid on believers like you who have earnest desire to partake in the event, to  always prepare  to be ready, like the five wise virgins.
The two vital godly  virtues that must then characterise your lifestyle are biblical love and perfection. These gracious acts and deeds of love shall make you perfect before God and  be like Him. No marvel, Jesus our Lord reiterated what biblical love and perfection, entails. See them.

Matthew 5:43-48. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

See the gracious acts and deeds, that shall prepare desirous believers, like you, to be part of the rapture or live eternally with God.

John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1 John 4:11-12. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15.  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Luke 6:40: The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

2 Corinthians 7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 13:11: Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

James 1:4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Friend, these gracious acts and deeds of perfection through love, are easily attainable by taking full advantage of the precious blood of Jesus, ceaselessly flowing at the fountain of Calvary.

Hebrews 13:20-21. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

1 John 3:3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

The good Lord shall help you in Jesus name.

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Love your enemies
The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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Love your enemies
The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
The Power of Love | Matthew 5:43-48 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
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The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
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Love your enemies
The power of love
bless them that curse you
do good to them that hate you
The Power of Love | Matthew 5:43-48 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use

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