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Right Between The Eyes

February 26, 2014

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 the other day 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 very difficult 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 face.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 
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3 Comments
  1. Chris,
    Have you ever noticed, especially on the internet, how there are people out there who contently seem to be operating out of a false motive? Jesus called them “vipers.” The Pharisee and Sadducees were constantly trying to bate Him into a trap with there slick words. For instance, “And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Hero’di-ans, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” (Matthew 22:16-17 RSVA). They slither up to you and try to win your confidence to get you to let your guard down so they can strike and inject their poison into you like that viper that Paul picked up after being ship wrecked on that island, thinking it was a stick that would give him warmth.

    I once was trying to by 10 acres in Western WA and the seller and the realtor were both Christians going to the local mega-church and were in cahoots. They were trying to get me to give them a large down payment without the seller cleaning up a lean that was against it. It turned out that he stiffed another man on a real estate deal and that man put a lean on all his properties until the seller made it right. Get this, the sellers last name was “Sinner” (God often does very revealing things with people’s names).

    So after twice traveling for 600 miles to do the “closing” on the property only to find out that they still didn’t take care of the lean, I started praying. “Lord, aren’t I supposed to love these guys?” He said, “Sure, love them, just don’t trust them!” I stood firm in my love for them and they finally cleaned up the deal and we bought it.

    Jesus loved all men, but it says that He did not reveal Himself to any man because He knew what was in the hearts of men. This has been a long hard road of being burnt by a lot of people with God trying to show me the difference between love for the sinner and putting my trust in mere men.

    “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” (Psalms 118:8 KJ2000)

  2. 1 John 4:19
    We love him, because he first loved us.

    No other way have I found to truly love as God, is with me out of the way and I find that a daily battle
    Galatians 4:29
    But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now

  3. "BK" permalink

    Wow, I am so thankful to have His nature growing within me that let’s me love, forgive, lend, have mercy….all those things that are impossible by ‘taking thought’ to obey a rule. You are right, it is He that gives the grace to do it all. Because of my new life growing within it gets ‘easier’ all the time. Good stuff here, Chris. Love, “BK”

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