These are the questions that come to mind –
- what does it look like to love impartially?
- what does it look like to help others in need when there is no hope of them ever returning the favour?
- what does it look like to love in moments when the cost of that love will never be repaid?
It is my hope that as followers of Jesus Christ we live higher – we live on a whole different plane than the rest of the world. If not, what would set us apart or make us different? We were called to come out and be separate and how is that possible if we do the same things everyone else is doing? Therefore the challenge is given – if we love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, pray for those who spitefully use us – well then, we are standing out. Most might think us mad, but at the end of the day they will recognize something they have always been searching for – love. Let’s not be just another social club – let’s give the love of Christ that we have received to those who have never heard and have yet to receive.
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” – Luke 6:27-38