Luke 6:35 (NIV)
35 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 children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
I love how this verse highlights the unconditional love (agape) God has for me and how we can demonstrate that love to others. We can be enemies of God in the sense of disobedience and not putting God first, but to think that while we were sinners; God chose to love us anyway. This overflowing love sets the example of how I am to treat those I may consider ‘enemies.’ It is clear to love those who do not love me, and to not expect anything in return.
For me, it is a powerful way of ‘letting go’ and not holding on to the emotional and relational baggage that can weigh me down and fester if left unaddressed. Jesus has called me to something different, and it is a privilege to serve.
Lord, I pray that I may show your generous, overflowing love to those around me, especially those I may consider my enemies. Help me to act in love without expecting anything back. May my joy in these acts of worship please you, as I learn to become more Christ-like.
Written by Sven Bessesen