Good morning, it is Friday, August 6, 2021.
Yesterday I wrote about doing good and needing to be recognized when you have done good. I shared a thought from Mother Teresa that began “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.”
But what about people that are down-right nasty to you? It is HARD to deal with people that hurt our feelings or cause us to become anxious or angry.
Our knee-jerk reaction is to react. But what does the Bible say?
Luke 6:27-36 ESV
“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.”
Wow! Can you imagine?
Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who curse you.
Pray for those who abuse you.
Give to everyone who begs from you.
Lend, expecting nothing in return.
God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. He wants us to follow His lead.