“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:32-36 (NLT)
I want to be like you. I want to follow your example. What do you have in mind? In what way do you want to be like me? How do you want to follow my example? Well, as much as possible, I want to be like you and follow your example, in every way. But I do now have something specific in mind. I want to love like you love. I want to be compassionate as you are compassionate. Tell me more. I want to love and do good to my enemies. How did I do some of my very best work in loving my enemies. Ha, you loved me, when I was living as your enemy. Was that some of your best work? Well, it was certainly the difference between life and death for me. Then you have your answer to your question. But I will say it brought me great delight in seeing you give your heart and mind and life to me. You responded to my call. You received the gift of salvation that I made available to you. For that, I am grateful. For that, I am thankful. For that, you will have my never-ending praise. I will also say that it brings me great delight in seeing you so passionately want to be like me. You will be doing very well to follow my example. Yes, I will be living the life you have called me to live. I will be the person you have called me to be. I will be living a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I will be living out the life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, that is exactly how you should be thinking about the way to live your live with and for me.
I do want you to be mindful of something as well. What’s that? You have already received your gift of salvation. Your place in heaven with me is being kept and guarded for you. You have a future in me that will last forever. This is a settled question. This is a done deal, bought and paid for by my death on the cross for you. Your sins have been forgiven. Your unrighteousness has been cleansed. You have been made right in my sight. Now the way that you love and do good to your enemies will be rewarded. The way that you are compassionate as I am compassionate will be repaid. No good deed, no loving act, will go unnoticed and left unrewarded when you come to live forever in heaven with me. I will be mindful of that. I will love as you loved. I will be compassionate as you are compassionate. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be like you. I want to be compassionate as you are compassionate. I want to love others just as you have loved me. I will follow your example; I will love and do good to my enemies, for I once was also living as your enemy. Yet, you loved me. Amen
Key Question… How are you mindful of living in a way that will one day rewarded by the Lord?
Living It Out… Live in such a way that you will one day be rewarded for loving and doing good toward your enemies.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will one day be rewarded for loving and doing good to your enemies.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are loving and doing good to your enemies.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you love your enemies and do good to them.
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