“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.”
We must come to that point where we can say that the love of Christ has empowered us to tolerate and even love people who we otherwise could never have tolerated and loved.
Whether it is a parent who was never kind to you or a colleague at work who never seeks your good; whilst we may dislike the ill manner with which they treat us and maybe even others, we must ensure that we never go so far as to withhold good from them when they need it or wish them evil in their endeavours.
I know this wouldn’t always be an ‘easy thing’ to do. But the Lord Jesus gives us a powerful perspective. He says:
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them”.
Luke 6:32 ESV
Our response isn’t just based on these people and what they do or did, it is about Christ and who He has made us. It is about what Christ has done in us. It should be about doing His word.
It should be about the reward we will receive from the Father Himself and not the kindness we expect from men in return.
And so He says in Luke 6:35 “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”.
It is easier to love your enemies when you remember that God first loved you when you were yet a sinner. He expects and empowers you to do the same
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 KJV
It is also beautiful to know that He sees and rewards your actions. We have passed from death to life. We are capable of loving the unlovable.
Unconditional love is now the fruit of our recreated human spirit. We cannot be unforgiving.
SAY THIS: I am not an unforgiving Believer. I forgive just like God forgave me in Christ. I forgive even the seemingly undeserving.