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Right Between The Eyes

April 8, 2017

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 as 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 very large and very difficult task?

Sometimes I find it most difficult to be loving and kind even to those who are 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 my friends.

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 within us can…if we just 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 Holy Spirit, do very great things that are impossible to do 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 any further harm.  So sure be loving, kind, forgiving and merciful, but please be smart too.  Surrender every relationship to Jesus and He will help you navigate any situation you might face with others.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments
  1. Judy Baker permalink

    A wonderful and much needed lesson . Jesus puts it in plain and simple words. My mom always said to be nice and if people are mean to us, just stay away from them as they don’t know us or they would be nice.
    I remember years ago as a young girl (12-13) we were getting company to visit. I did not like their kids as they were so rough. I was not looking forward to their visit . Then I remembered what JESUS said ..to love one another. I decided to be very nice to them.
    We had the best time …walking and talking together.
    If you treat others as you would want to be treated .. and show love and consideration as JESUS said .. amazing things can happen.
    I will never forget that moment I decided to apply what JESUS said and to obey him no matter what.
    It was a changing moment in my life.
    If we decide to put JESUS first in our life …we will see dramatic changes… His Holy Spirit helps us and is a wonderful feeling.
    Thank you Chris for sharing …

    • You have a good memory Judy. We truly walk in HIS blessing when we choose to put HIS words into action in our daily lives. Jesus commands us all to love one another and others along the way in our lives.

  2. There is deep joy in those moments we reflect our Lord Jesus- and indeed toward one’s “enemies” it’s the most difficult but AMEN- WITH the Holy Spirit and our yielding to His desires and HIS power in us, we can 🙂 Thanks Chris. Yes!

  3. Judy Baker permalink

    It is one of the hardest things to do – love our enemies – do good to those who mistreat us .. I believe Agape Love – general love for mankind – includes all men regardless who they are. We are all imperfect ..and we can learn and change if we try ..if we want too. We need God’s Holy Spirit for sure .

    • Right on Judy. According to Jesus LOVE is the greatest commandment. To Love God, ourselves and others is what it is all about.

  4. stevehigh64772 permalink

    Right on target bro. The reason why praying FOR your enemies is so powerful is because it goes so against the nature of the flesh, thus crucifying the flesh and releasing ressurection life.

    • Good point Steve, thanks for sharing brother.

    • "BK" permalink

      I so agree with this, Steve. That’s how I read the verse in Romans 12, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” In my own words, “Be not overcome of evil but when someone does evil to you overcome the evil IN YOU that you want to do back with good…..”. Love, “BK”

  5. Sue heumann permalink

    This was timed perfectly for me today. Thank you. Also, all the comments were a blessing to me! This life really isn’t about us being hapoy, although us Americans seem to live that way, and it is so natural to aim for happiness. Isn’t it about living out of the life of Christ inside us and honoring him in life? His love then, is what we need to depend on to live it. We can’t do that on our own, with our natural abilities I’m glad we agree on that. And thank you Lord Jesus for sharing your life in us to the world.

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