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Luke 6:31-32 Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
In this portion of Luke, Jesus takes the golden rule to the next level by telling us not only to treat others as we want to be treated but also to treat them better than they treat us. He wants us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who abuse us. Really, Jesus?
I struggle with these verses, imagining how to offer authentic prayers and love on behalf of those who hurt or abuse me, or more importantly, my family and friends. But I think there’s an important distinction to draw: Jesus never says perpetrators won’t face consequences or suffer repercussions for their actions.
Jesus tells us that if we can love everyone, in all circumstances, even those who may not deserve our love, then we become vessels of mercy, just as God is merciful and forgiving when we don’t deserve it either.
MOVING FORWARD: Intentionally add the name of a person you actively do not like to your personal prayer list.
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 6:27-49