For today’s post I want to do something a little different to normal. Below is a section of the Bible from Luke’s gospel that contains some of Jesus’ teachings on love and forgiveness. I’m not going to try and interpret those teachings except to say that recently I’ve found them really challenging, and I felt that it would be good to give you guys the chance to think about it too. So here’s the passage:
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:27-36)
I’m going to the keep this post short, because rather than have me talking about what I think this means and how it affects my life, I just want to encourage you to do that with yourself. Read it a couple of times through, think about your life, and see what God’s saying to you – it’s always good to stop and listen every now and then.