Irritating grace …

March 14, 2014

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. … Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. Romans 12:14-21 The Message

Who believes this stuff anymore? These ancient words don ‘t fit the twenty-first century. You have to go on the offensive. You have to protect yourself … right? If there was anyone more qualified to write those words above, it was the Apostle Paul. He was the first great Christ-follower Persecutor. And he went about his job .. his calling .. and his campaign with a vengeance. If anybody deserved to be snuffed out by God, surely it was this guy. Jesus had risen .. the Holy Spirit was on display … and the Church was growing day by day. And then Paul shows up and begins the first missionary movement by trying to track down Jesus Followers. Do you pray for your enemies? I mean really pray .. pray as if your life … or as if their life depended on it? It’s easy to pray once or casually when you remember. But to pray intimately for your “enemies” takes time .. precious time .. priority time. That’s when you often face those irritating places in your own heart and spirit. Is Jesus really serious about this praying for your enemies? Does it really matter to God whether you are praying? The Holy Spirit loves to work in all those irritating places in your life where the love of Christ seems hidden. Sometimes it causes blindness … before the lights come back on. It only takes a moment …

“So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17-18 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Irritated Saints following Jesus. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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