Luke 6:30-36 “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit 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 credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
Quite a chunk of Scripture, but I was thinking about it today. It is so easy to think that we are owed something. There is a certain expectation that we place on those around us. The biggest issue is that, often, we rarely verbalize these expectations.
At work, it is so easy to get frustrated with a coworker and fume inwardly day after day. At home, unspoken expectations cause more friction, fights, and divorces than we’d care to examine. The only way that we can do this is to put others beneath us. They owe us something. We’ve worked too hard to be treated this way. The words of Jesus challenge this concept.
“Give to everyone who asks…” Give more than what is asked for. No matter how the treat you, don’t treat you, or the way that you would wish to be treated; do it for those you have the hardest time with. Do it for your Lord if for no other reason.
“Do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return.” Sometimes this means working your tail off, knowing that there is nothing in return but a reward in heaven. Don’t give up. Don’t get angry. DON’T get offended. It’s not worth it.
We are called to be Christ-like. “He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” That is one of the hardest things to do. The unthankful, the person that doesn’t even care how much work you do and adds more to your load, be kind. The evil, I think we rarely come across anyone that we would label evil. The concept behind this word is anyone that brings a press to your life as a Christian. Be kind to those.
Make Jesus your role model and His Word your guide book. Make the conviction in your heart everyday to be kind, no matter how you are treated. Lean on Him. Ask Him to remind you. He will. Be the light that He calls you to be by the way you treat those closest to you.