This is your B moment. Your moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: James 4:8 (ESV)
Today I want to give you an example of how to act like a child of the Most High.
Recently I was reading in the gospel of Luke when I stumbled upon these words: “Pray for the happiness of those who curse you.” I was immediately drawn to the word “happiness.”
If a person intentionally hurts me, I can pray for their healing because as the saying goes, hurt people end up hurting other people. So, I can pray for their emotional healing and well-being. Yet in this passage, Jesus takes it a step further. He says to pray for their happiness.
Some time ago, I talked about an incident I had while shopping at Target. Out of the blue, I ended up in a back and forth exchange with another customer who cursed me. We were both caught up in the heat of the moment where there was only the strong desire to be right and to have the last word.
Praying for this woman’s happiness was the furthest thing from my mind, but Jesus teaches us that this is what it means to act as children of the Most High.
After the exchange, I felt awful. I didn’t take into consideration that this woman may have just been having a pretty bad day. A smile or a kind word may have put the entire dispute to an end.
The next time around, I will do my very best at acting like I am a child of the Most High.
Whose happiness do you need to pray for today? As you think about that, remember these words:
“Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High.” Luke 6:35 (NLT)
So today, you are a child of the Most High.