Capsule for the Day
10 people were asked "what would you do if you know your friend is planing to kill you". All 10 answered "I will kill him or her before he or she hatches the plan". Self-preservation is a natural instinct. It is natural to protect ourselves and destroy the enemy. But our faith in Christ demands more.
It demands our self-preservation and the preservation of the life of our enemies, those who want us dead. For God isn't glorified in the death of the wicked. Besides, Christ asked us to pray for our enemies and do good to them. He was good to Judas even when He knew Judas would betray Him.
So, He didn't make a demand that is impossible. But one that is difficult and confronting. David in 1 Samuel 24 shows us how we can live out Christ's command. David knew Saul was out to kill him, but he chose to spare Saul's life. He returned good to Saul's evil. If David could do it, we can too.
Fr. Francis Afu