Wednesday 1 June 2022 – Transformed week 4

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.
Amen

Written by Sven Bessesen

2 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Thanks Sven

    This verse is in the context of a passage where Jesus is speaking about loving your enemies. It is a very challenging passage. It commences with the thought that doing good to friends or lending money to those you expect to receive payment from is not a true reflection of God’s love. I think for many of us even this is a challenge. We are so often caught up with what we have that the idea of lending to someone who though they will return the payment can be a stretch. Here Jesus says we are to love our enemies even lending to those we have no expectation of return from. What a challenge! Lending without expectation of return…

    If someone is in the level of need that they come to us, even as an enemy is a big step for them. Yet I am not even sure this is what Jesus is saying, I get the sneaking suspicion this could be that if we become aware of an enemy in need we are to go to them and help. What a challenge!!

    Father, help! This is a great challenge that I need to work on to see Your kingdom come in me that others may see Your love through me.

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  2. Justin Ware says:

    Thanks Richard and Sven for sharing your thoughts on this powerful verse. It’s not a simple task to love my enemies, but God has shown me His example to follow.

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