Monday, March 12, 2018
Read : Luke 6:27-36
Thoughts from: Tracie Munn
The passage starts as Jesus says “but to you who are listening, I say” (Luke 6:27 NIV). In a different translation He says “But I say to you who hear” (Lk 6:27 ESV). If your ears have not been opened to His words, if your heart has not been set on Him, then you cannot do what He says next. We need Him for it.
“Love your enemies” (Lk 6:27) It seems backwards logic. “Bless those who use you” (Lk 6:28). It is contrary to instinct. Give people more than they ask me for? (Lk 6:29, 35) I don’t want to. I am broken, hurt and scared. I need my things and don’t have enough to share. How can I? I can’t.
But Jesus can. Jesus does. And through His love we can too. Do you have someone that you need to love through Jesus? He always equips us and never asks us to do more than He did. Jesus prayed for those who mistreated Him (Lk 23:34). He is “kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Lk 6:35) and He is merciful (Lk 6:36). Jesus gives generously to those who ask. He gave His very life for us!
As He leads us to learn to love like Him, as He asks us to be different from the world, Jesus gives us the reward of being “children of the Most High” (Lk 6:35)
Jesus’ adoring love overflows us and lets us love even our enemies. And maybe in doing so, our enemies begin to wonder where such love could come from…