Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Carrigan's Joy

Carrigan's Joy was born on the day I discovered I was pregnant with Maddie. It then became the place I documented my pregnancy and birth, morphing into my primary blog, leading recently into my hobby of reviews and giveaways. I've shared over a year and half with this blog, never once thinking I'd cause anyone harm or pain by it.

This blog is not a platform for anger, arguments, or dislikes. Honestly, if you don't like what I have to say, move on, but try not to circulate the pain by making comments that will lead to more pain. Email me if you'd like to help me grow in some area, leaving me a message if I've upset you, and you and I can deal with it, privately.

That being said, I was lead to these verses today with the intent of meditating on these ideas until they sit deeply in my heart. Meditating until the moment when I'm done wrong, I instantly begin praying. Meditating the moment I run into my enemy and rather than thinking bitter thoughts, instantly I'm praying for that person. And, yes, I have some enemies, sadly. Meditating, the moment I'm offended, hurt, or even midly bothered, relying solely on my Lord for His comfort and peace.

Luke 6:27-38
Love for Enemies
27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others
37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
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