By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.” Luke 10:5-6 NIV
In Luke, Jesus was sending out apostles to go out and spread the Gospel. His first instructions to them include these two sentences which can be easily glossed over. Entering a house with a Shalom was culturally accepted in their time, but this passage suggests more than that. Jesus was saying that we must first bless and pray for the people we are trying to minister to. And that we must this before we try to correct their actions or preach to them.
A compassionate preacher or teacher will make much more of an impact than one who speaks only of wrongdoings and consequences. Look for someone you can speak to today, and ask them how they are doing and how you can pray for them. You may be surprised that your care and kindness is the best way to spread the love of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, give me the right words to speak when I am sharing your Word. Show me the people in my life that I should pray for and need compassion. Amen.