For if ye love them which love you , what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them…but love ye your enemies and do good and lend, hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great and ye shall be called the children of the Highest; for he is kind unto the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:32, 35)
Love is the topic of this passage from the Gospel of Luke.
This is hard to talk about today and one of the hardest sayings of Jesus. We have, in our society today, a warped concept of love. We think love is a feeling. We love somebody one day and hate them the next if they don’t do what we want them to. That, then, is not biblical love. Biblical love is self-sacrificing and non-judgmental. That is a hard concept for the average, ordinary Christian.
Why is it so hard? I don’t know. I think its something to do with pride. We want to look independent and uncaring. We value our image not how we love others. We think our love should be deserved. And sometimes, we think love is too much work. Its easier to be a self-serving “churchian” that sits on the sidelines and looks like a respectable person. We don’t want to care because its not in our self-interest…
You know, when I was first saved over 46 years ago, I remember singing that song “You’ll Know We Are Christians by our Love” and naively believing it was true. It should be true. But it isn’t because the term “Christian” is a loosely applied word in today’s world. Anyone can call themselves a “Christian”. You don’t go to jail or get burned at the stake – yet – for saying that in America. But the lost person instinctively knows the real from the fake. They will go after you with questions and some of them will get saved as a result.
However, the worst treatment doesn’t come from the lost sinner…it comes from the saved saint…The saint that is self-righteous is the worse. They will attack you from all angles and try to destroy your faith. They want to pull you down to their low level of spirituality. Most of the time, they are judgmental and unfriendly…
Why this is, I don’t know. I’m asking the Lord this when I get to heaven…
What are you supposed to do, then? We’re supposed to love them whatever happens. Love our enemies. Be kind to the unlovable and mean. Forgive them. Yes, even difficult family members need our love. The ones that are the meanest are the ones that need the most love..
And even if they say and do all manner of evil against you, even if they persecute you, you still must love them.
Charity…Believeth all things, hopeth all things, beareth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth. (1 Cor. 13:7-8)
And God’s love, which is the same thing, never fails too. So go out and try to love somebody today; somebody whose not part of your clique. Somebody new that you don’t know… Maybe you will be surprised at how easy it was and how good you will feel…
Just ask them how they are doing. Be friendly… be helpful…call them…make them a meal… take them to a doctor’s appointment…or just sit and visit…and listen!
(I know, I know, you’re too busy…everybody’s too busy…)
But we’re not busy enough to die, now, are we?
And even if they don’t love you back… Your reward will be great in heaven!