Jesus said, “But I say to you who hear, ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you… 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… But love your enemies and do good… 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.” (I read this during “coffee with the Lord” this morning in Luke 6:27-36)
Believe me, I know it’s difficult! It doesn’t come naturally! It is counter-intuitive! But it is the very thing that makes Christ-followers distinctive and gives their life and witness impact in our world!
O Lord, help me live this way! Help me move beyond what comes naturally and display your very character! I want to make a difference in my world! Help me! … Give me the grace I need to reveal Your character and values in my world! Heavenly Father, I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen!