Luke 6:27-36 Called to a higher standard:
I have sometimes found when running that I do better going up a steep hill than running on the flat. I steel myself for it, gather up my energies and give it all I’ve got. So I was thinking that if you have a genuine enemy in your world you may find it easier to obey these words than you would with the ‘gentler gradients’ of the merely irritating, annoying and difficult people around you. They will surely have set up camp somewhere close to your house!
But start with these people, beginning today. Here’s your part and God will help you. (Step out of the boat and you will walk on water as you look to Jesus):
‘…Love…do good…bless…pray for…Give…lend…’
Such actions are within reach of every follower of Christ. The thing is to always seek to emulate God in His kindness and mercy (35b,36). How has God treated you? And did you deserve it? Exactly! Keep reflecting on that and let the understanding of God’s love towards you keep you moving in the right direction.
How wonderful the golden rule is (31). Make a commitment to live it today – and every day.
Prayer: Lord, I can’t pretend that it is easy to always be gracious, but I know I can be because you command it. And I know that whatever you order you also enable. So I’m available Lord – ready to bless everyone I come in contact with today. Flow through me, to your glory.