Tag: Luke 6:35-36

Imitate your Father (In Heaven)!

Scripture reading for March 11th:  Luke 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 6:35-36  “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  

The prevailing teaching was one of ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth!’   God’s people were to show restraint in paying back others who wronged them.  But Jesus came along and changed the rules.  He asked His people to show love to their enemies by doing good for them.  If they were hungry, disciples should feed them.  If they were thirsty, drinks should be provided.  If they hit you on one cheek, the other was to be turned.  The new rule was: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  (Luke 6:31)

God, Himself, is kind and loving to the wicked and ungrateful!  He provides rain from heaven, the earth and all its bounty for food, and meets the needs of even the atheist and satanist!  He gives them grace–the opposite of what they deserve in hopes of drawing them to repentance.  He promises to reward those who follow His example!

Observations for over-comers:  All revenge belongs to God.  It is His goodness that leads people to repent.  God is kind and good to all to win some and we must imitate our Father!  “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against on of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am the Lord.”  (Leviticus 19:18)

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