by Pastor Mark Jordan
“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.” (Luke 6:35, MSG)
We need the content of today’s verse, don’t we? This is from Luke’s Gospel, containing a lot of the same wisdom as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. At the heart is how you live out your life in relationship to God and others.
Jesus taught that God is generous and gracious with you, even when you are at your worst. Does this describe the way you are with others when they are at their worst? I know it isn’t true of me. I think back to an awesome piece of wisdom that says we judge ourselves based on our best intentions while we judge others based on their worst examples. This leads us to venerate self while vilifying people we don’t agree with. Thankfully, God doesn’t do this to us.
Jesus taught that you will never regret living generously toward others. He even attached a promise to it! Yes, there will be times when this might challenge you in the heat of the moment, but this is where a long view (if not an eternal one) will help you. Since God is kind to you even when you don’t deserve it, let that be the model for how you are to live. That kindness changes lives…beginning with your own. Let it boomerang in every aspect of your relationships, so you may bless others with what you benefit from so greatly.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask for your help today with kindness. I know I can at times run the risk of taking advantage of your kindness while depriving it of others. Forgive me, I pray. Help me in all ways to extend the gracious kindness to others you show to me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.