It seems like such a simple statement, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” It is simple, straight forward, but not always easy. Too often the way we treat others seems to be motivated by the wrongs (real or perceived) that we have experienced ourselves.
All we need to do to see this is look at our feeds on social media, watch the news or listen to just about any politician. Anger and retribution seem to be among the main motivators for action today.
Yet Jesus said it should not be that way, at least for those who claim to be His followers. In Luke chapter 6, part of what is often referred to as The Sermon On The Plain, a shorter parallel version of The Sermon On The Mount recorded in Matthew, Jesus says, “But I say to you who hear.” That’s a key to understanding and doing the things Jesus is about to say.
Jesus used a variation of this saying numerous times in the Bible, every time it prefaced something He wanted us to understand, something foundational about the way true followers of Christ are to think or act.
In this instance the instruction is “Love your enemies.” And from there Jesus expands on that concept, giving some examples of what that looks like and even shooting down objections before any could be voiced. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”
Jesus then says what the result of such action is, “Your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
In the current climate of argumentative public discourse we can be lights in the darkness by practicing this manner of treatment towards other.
During this week’s Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing from this section of Luke chapter 6.
Mon 08/10 Luke 6:27-28
Tue 08/11 Luke 6:29-30
Wed 08/12 Luke 6:31-33
Thu 08/13 Luke 6:34-36
Fri 08/14 Luke 6:37-38
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