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Shine His Love
• John 13:34, Romans 12:14–21, Matthew 5:44, Matthew 5:14–19
There will always be people who bring you down, and you can choose one of two responses: revenge or love. Some people say hate your enemies, but Jesus calls us to love and pray for our enemies—like He did. When Jesus was submitting Himself to die on the cross, there were people mocking Him, beating Him, and spitting on Him. How did Jesus handle this? He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). This boggles my mind. Most people would try to strike back. So why didn’t Jesus?
Because Jesus is the Son of God, fully God and fully human, who lives in perfect obedience to God the Father. God loves us, even though we all sin against Him. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to rescue us from sin. By enduring death and raising to life again, Jesus made a way for us to be forgiven and live with Him forever! Once we’ve put our trust in Jesus, His love changes us, and His Holy Spirit is in us, transforming us to be more and more like Jesus. While the enemy tempts us to try to get revenge when people cause us pain, God calls us to handle these situations differently. Through Jesus, God empowers us to shine His love.
There was a girl in my class who spoke harshly, and she was rude to everyone. But, through God’s grace, I still chose to be kind to her. Every day, I asked her how she was doing. I also invited her to come to church with me. One day, she thanked me for being so kind to her. I found out later that she had some really hard stuff going on at home.
I’ve come to realize that most people hurt others because they are hurting. God sees all this brokenness, and He has compassion on us. As Jesus’s forgiven followers, we’re called to have empathy and compassion for others. We can shine His love to people even when they are harsh, because God empowers us to love everyone.
While you may never know the hurt behind someone’s rudeness, you might be the only person in their life who treats them with kindness. Remember God’s great love for you and how He empowers you to shine His love to everyone. • Talia Dahlman
• How does God’s love make it possible for us to love others?
• If someone has been cruel to you, God hurts with you and offers healing through Jesus. How might knowing that God cares about justice help you not take revenge (Romans 12:17-19)? Who are trusted Christians who can help you discern when and how to set up healthy boundaries?
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
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Good Guilt, Bad Guilt
• Psalm 51, 2 Corinthians 7:8–13
Guilt is hard. Sometimes, Satan will try to convince us that we are guilty of something terrible when we really aren’t. This “bad guilt” tells us the lie that we are irredeemable, unlovable people. We can become discouraged and paralyzed, unable to do anything good. But in these times, we can come to Jesus, give our struggle over to Him in prayer, and rest knowing that we are made clean and new by Jesus’s death and resurrection.
There are also times guilt can be helpful. The Holy Spirit uses “good guilt” to gently show us a specific way that we’ve disobeyed God. When our attitudes, words, or actions damage our relationships with others or God, good guilt shows us that we need healing and restoration.
In Psalm 51, we see David’s good guilt. He had done something evil: he used his position as king of Israel to bring Bathsheba to his palace, have sex with her, and then have her husband killed. When David realized the evil of what he had done, he wept and repented, and he looked for ways to make things right. While David still had to face the consequences of his actions, his good guilt led him to restoration with God and others (2 Samuel 11-12).
We also see good guilt in 2 Corinthians 7. This is the second letter Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, and his first letter contained some pretty strong words about ways they were not following God. Paul knew that disobeying God’s good commands would cause a lot of hurt, so it broke his heart to see that these people he loved were sinning. After reading Paul’s first letter, they felt good guilt, and as they repented and turned to God, the Holy Spirit helped them follow God more closely. So when Paul wrote this second letter, he rejoiced with them!
Guilt never feels good. But good guilt leads to good change. While bad guilt (or false guilt) imprisons us in shame, good guilt spurs us on to pursue healing. It pushes us closer to Jesus and to each other. The Holy Spirit never tells us we’re irredeemable, instead He invites us to come to Jesus, who always forgives and restores. • Taylor Eising
• Do you feel guilty about anything right now? You can spend time with Jesus in prayer anytime, asking Him if this is good guilt or bad guilt. If it’s good guilt, you can confess your sin to Him, rest in His forgiveness, and ask Him to guide you in how to move forward. If it’s bad guilt, you can bring it to Jesus and ask Him to remind you what’s true about you (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)