Love your enemy!

Scripture reading for March 11th:  Luke 6

Jesus loved to teach the people the ways of the kingdom of God.  He came to preach the ‘good news’ of the kingdom but part of it sounded strange to those who heard Him.  God’s ways and the way of His people would be markedly different than the way of those in the world!

“But I tell you who hear Me:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other also.  If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  (Luke 6:27-31)  First, we must ‘hear Jesus’.   Listening is not just with our ears, but with our hearts.  We must always be ready to make adjustments in our thinking!

Jesus asked His followers to love their enemies and to do good to those who would mistreat them.  This was a hard teaching then and now as well. God wants none to perish, but all to come to repentance.  It is not God’s judgment that leads people to repentance, but His goodness and kindness!  (Romans 2:4)  This kindness must not be in word only, but also in deed.  God wants us to reflect His kindness to those who hate us in order to reach them!

Kingdom people hear Jesus’ instruction and allow God to use them to reach their enemies!  Take time today to show kindness to someone who has mistreated you or hates you!  Do unto them what you would want done to you!

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