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Grace Filled Prayer

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." – Matthew 5:44-45 Is there someone in your life that has done you wrong? Are you still stewing about it? Do yourself a favor. Take a walk and honestly pray for that person. Trust in God's grace, not your own bitter feelings. You'll be blessed by this spiritual journey of grace-filled prayer.
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Love-Driven Behavior

"If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give what you have to anyone who asks for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back. Do for others as you would like them to do for you. Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even sinners do that! And if you do good to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, what good is that? Even sinners will lend to their own kind for a full return. - Luke 6:29-34 (NLT) Our behavior should never be determined by the behavior of others (real, expected, or imagined). Our behavior should be based solely on the amazing love of God in Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus lived, accepted people, forgave people, died on the cross for us all, - not because he would receive anything from us for it, – we, too, should act only from and in the power of the love of Jesus.