This Sunday we’re going to look at the teachings of Jesus that I warned you about last Sunday. My warning was only tongue in cheek, but what we will read is definitely something believers have struggled with since Jesus first uttered it. We’re going to look at Luke 6:27-36.
Jesus makes some powerful and profound statements about God’s definition of love. It is all very familiar stuff, and could easily be read past as a nice reminder to follow the “golden rule”…unless we make it personal. Imagine someone in your life who’s hurt you. Whether they cheated you or told a lie about you or abandoned you…whatever it may be. Imagine that person, and then read all that Jesus says here about how love thinks and acts, and imagine doing what he says for the person who wronged you. For that person. It certainly isn’t the easiest of things to do, is it?
It would have been one thing if he just told us not to retaliate…we can usually find the nerve to grit our teeth and not fight back. But he pushes the boundaries so far out…he tells us to be active in showing love to difficult people. Jesus gives us a few reasons why we would do this, and a bit of an idea what it will result in. What are those things?
How do you see this part of Jesus’ teachings effecting your own life? Is this something you struggle with or ignore (I don’t offer the option of it being something you do well because I don’t want to tempt you into lying, … no one does this well).
What are your thoughts on this passage? Do we take it literally, or is it just a nice thought, or something for the future, or an ideal couched in hyperbole? What is your take?
See you Sunday.