Luke 6: 27-34
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be the sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Ouch! Wow! Okay, I have repented of my sins and Jesus is expecting me to treat others in the same manner he treats me. Ouch! Jesus has made his point so clear and I find myself so guilty. We are to show love and mercy to our enemies who hate us by: doing good to them, by blessing them, praying for them, by not fighting with them, if he takes my coat give him my outer coat also, if he asks for something give to him not expecting it to be returned, and to be kind and merciful.
Yes, Father we want to be your sons and daughters who are to receive great reward from you. Forgive us and teach us to be merciful and full of your grace toward all mankind. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.