Many people challenged Jesus’ teachings including, the Experts-in-the-law.
When they were unable to answer his questions they, “Opposed him bitterly, and … (plotted) against him, to catch him in something he might say”. (Luke 11:53)
Anger can be all-consuming and must be actively suppressed.
Doing so often demands great and persistent effort but whatever it takes, it’s the only way to live a life of love, as Jesus asked.
Lord Jesus, give me the wisdom to see between good and evil, between love and disdain. In the midst of my daily challenges, teach me how to be humble and trusting.
Prayer: The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in pastures green,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.