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Right Between The Eyes

January 17, 2013

Greetings,

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect re-payment, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’, expecting to be re-paid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”               Luke 6: 32-36

Someone posted these verses on an E-group yesterday and they hit me fresh and right between the eyes.  We are supposed to be good and merciful to everyone, even enemies and those who mistreat us.  Is it just me or does that sound like a large and monumental task?

Sometimes I find it most difficult to be loving and kind even to those close to me, but God expects that and more from every one of us.  It is easy to be kind to the kind, most of the time.  However, the Lord desires that we be kind and merciful to even our worst enemies.  My dear friend Glenn Kaiser put it this way….., ” How we treat the person we love the least, is how we love God the most.”  Returning kindness for kindness is easy, but showing kindness and mercy to those who are against us or God; that is a monumental task.

If we want to truly be sons of the Most High..we need to be kind and merciful to everyone and perhaps especially to those whom we find the most difficulty relating to…including the ungrateful and the wicked.  I do not think we can do this on our own, but Christ in us can…if we allow Him to.  That brings us back to a familiar topic…surrender!  If we yield our heart and mind to Jesus we can, via The Spirit, do things that are impossible in our flesh.

It is a simple principle …If we truly love God..we will in turn love others without condition.  This does not mean we will always enter into full relationship with those who could do us harm.  It is most possible to love others when healthy boundaries are in place.  I loved and forgave my abusive father, but when I finally remembered the abuse and no longer repressed the memories; I did not put myself or my children in situations where he could do further harm.  So sure be loving, kind, forgiving and merciful, but be smart too.  Surrender every relationship to Jesus and He will help you navigate any situation you may find yourself in.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

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6 Comments
  1. Good stuff, my brother! One time I was praying, “Father, why can’t I preceive you as my Father? Why do you seem distant to me?” He answerded me with this same passage.

    “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

    You see, I had spent my life NOT loving my enemies, despising all who despised me, etc. The verbage is interesting here, “Your reward will be great… if you are merciful just as your Father is merciful and you will be sons of the Most High.” Only as we abide IN the Son will be do this, because it is HIM in us doing it… making us truly sons of the Most High. Peter wrote:

    “For even to this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously” (1Pe 2:21-23 KJ2000).

    We “follow in His steps” by walking IN Christ and not in our old adamic nature. The cross, always the cross is the door from one life to the other. Only as we walk IN the Son do we know God as our Father.

  2. Pam Smith permalink

    ouch. enough said!

  3. Martin permalink

    Beng merciful implies that we have a right to punish someone, does it not? We don’t have this right, and the source only wants us to grow, and be develop, not to punish us like little kids when we do wrong. Then source is not some fire alarm watching constantly for signs , or smells of smoke. The source , and his gardian angels, are watching and waiting for us to make the right choices towards wholeness, and joy. For me, of late, this means freeing myself of any false obligations towards other peoples happiness. The best way to live is in complete freedom, as it’s infectious and helpful to all around. Christians live a life of constant punishment, and reward. They want the carrot before the stick, but they want the ‘stick’ too. This is not my experience of the source, or my guides. NUff said.

  4. Martin, I am a follower of Jesus and His is the One true path. Jesus is all about freedom, and you are correct it is infectious. I do not “live a life of constant punishment and reward.” , but I do know of “Christian’s that do and I feel for them. I live my life free in Christ, Who Is The Source!

  5. Martin permalink

    Chris, I am not.

  6. Nice Word Chris

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