(Romans 12:14 NRSV

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. (Romans 12:14 NRSV)

We are to put our faith into action through loving deeds. As someone has said, "We are judged by our actions, not our intentions. We may have a heart of gold--but so does a hard-boiled egg."

Comedian Jerry Clower tells a story about Christian love in action. Two Christian businessmen were having lunch in a downtown restaurant. The waitress serving their table dumped a bowl of hot soup right over one of these businessmen. Everybody gasped and stared. As Clower tells it, "They just couldn't wait for the manager to run out and fire this lady. They just couldn't wait for this man, standing there, dripping, with his suit ruined, to cuss this waitress out, but the fellow looked at that waitress and said, 'Young lady, I'm so sorry this happened to you. I know it embarrasses you.'"

How would you have handled that situation? Can you love as the Master would have us love?

Dear God, there is some old ugly dead wood I need to get rid of, so that I can be more loving. I give it to you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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