Love in the kingdom of God is not chocolates, flowers and getting our own way. That’s the kind of love the world expects, but Jesus turned everything upside down when he taught this.
I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 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, 27-30, NIV)
Then he added thoughts like this.
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? But love your enemies, do good to them. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:33, 35, 36, NIV)
Who do we need to forgive? Where do we need to repent from any gossip, mean thoughts and rumours we might have spread? Are we willing to ask God for his best for them?
If you are asking why, I ask you, why not!
Prayer – Father God, how can we expect your best for ourselves when we refuse to offer it to others? Amen
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