Thursday: 13th September, 2018
Reference text: Luke 6:27-38
Luke 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
There are a number of things that cut a lot of people to heart: for some, it may be using a particular description for them or what they stand for and for others, it could be when they are compared with someone or to something they see themselves as superior to, or better than.
The words of Jesus would therefore have not sounded very nice, not only to the Pharisees and Scribes as leaders of the Jewish community, but the people themselves. ‘A sinner’ in their days, was one who was not to be compared with any other person but another sinner. It was thus very offensive that Jesus sought to compare their actions to the very things that ‘sinners’ ALSO do.
We ought to notice however that He does so not to make us, his listeners, feel bad; but to make us truly realise that following him requires more than just embracing those we deem ‘lovable and to whom good is due’. Jesus calls for a big redefinition of the composition of people to whom we extend our hand and our love to comprise more than just those we see as ‘also good’ and are in a position to offer something in return for the love we show.
Sweetheart, Love gives not because it expects something in return, but because it can. Sadly, the former is the definition of love many of us carry in our hearts. Hence, we tend to size up the quality and quantity of love we offer to others by the how much we can get back from them. That is more of a barter trade, not a show of love.
Remember # true love gives because it can, not because it expects something
in return: for while we were still lost in sin, Christ died for us.