Luke 6:27-36 (NASB)
27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who [a]mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your [b]coat, do not withhold your [c]shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 [d]Treat others the same way you want [e]them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit isthat to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the sameamount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [f]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 [g]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
In today’s passages Jesus mentions seven facets of unconditional love.
1. Love your enemies. (v. 27)
2. Do good to those who hate you. (v. 27)
3. Bless those who curse you. (v. 28)
4. Pray for those that mistreat you. (v. 28)
5. Don’t seek revenge. (v. 29a)
6. Give freely. (v. 29b-30)
7. Treat others the way you want to be treated. (v. 31)
These actions—in our own natural human nature—can’t be done! It takes a supernatural enabling. It takes experiencing, for ourselves, a supernatural power of love and grace. No part of our own flesh would want to love our enemies, or love someone who has completely mistreated or even hates us. It is only through the power of Christ’s love, grace, and mercy inside of us that we can do this. Let us remember that once, we too, were enemies of God. We too, hated Him while He loved us still. It isn’t easy by no means, but when we seek God and ask him to enable our hearts to look like His and love like His, He will reveal to us that hurt people hurt people, and healed people heal people.
When we love our enemies, it is proof of the Holy Spirit indwelling within us. It is proof of Christ’s love and true righteousness in our lives. It is His light shining through us.
Let’s pray: Dear Father God. Thank You for loving me, when I didn’t love you. Help me to do the same for others, especially those who hurt, mistreat, and hate me. Make my heart look more like yours.
By Whole Magazine, Good News Feed Contributor