Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Today in every situation and at every opportunity, we quietly affirm that we want only the peace of God. We give thanks in advance for the peace and empowerment through our lives.
"You have heard it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, you go also the second mile. Give to anyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you."
These words from the Sermon on the Mount lie at the heart of Jesus' message and His practical approach to life. Do not resist! This does not mean we remain in abusive or dangerous situations. But if we turn away without judgment and allow ourselves to be guided to our good without seeking to strike back, we lift ourselves out of combative situations into perfect peace. We feel love instead of resentment. We give joyfully and that which is freely given becomes part of the flow of energy in the universe and is returned to us many times over.
reprinted from Unity's Lent "A Season for Spiritual Growth"