And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... You shall not murder"
Leviticus 19:17-18 "You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Lord, there have been a few neighbors in my life that downright refused to reason frankly with me. How can I be expected to put up with their unwillingness to see the reasonableness of my suggestions? You are telling me that I am only responsible for my own attitudes and words? That I am to approach each situation with an attitude of love, grace, and service that flows out of the well of Your love for me? This is a hard teaching, Lord, I need the Holy Spirit.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 109
Evening: Psalm 144
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