September 8, 2018
Luke 6:35-36… But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful as your Father is merciful.
This is more than a discipline that we must engage in; it is an attitude that should rule in our hearts. Too often, humans try to do the right thing for a season and expect Biblical rewards. Doing the right thing can be a waste of time as we continue to live in an evil way. Jesus called it hypocrisy. A hypocrite is a person who does one thing while saying another. I have found that the deepest pit I can dig is one where I ask something of others but don’t do it myself. The reason I call it a pit is because I fall into it myself. Once, when I was a teenager, a friend of mine and I dug a pit in sand. We covered it with branches and needles. It was not easy to see the pit when we were done. We were proud of our achievement; my dad wasn’t. He asked me what we would do if a cow fell in. I had not considered the possibility of collateral damage or friendly fire. We decided to fill it up. Before we did, we tested it; when I tested it, I found myself caught in a pit. That is what happens when we treat people badly. We say things against them and we are guilty ourselves. The world calls it “karma.” “What goes around comes around.” It is not karma; it is a law.
Consider sowing and reaping. If you sow corn seeds in your garden you will reap corn… not asparagus. If you sow thorny bushes, you will reap thorny bushes. Life is similar. If you treat people meanly, you will get treated with meanness. If you are gracious; people will treat you with grace. As you forgive others, God forgives you.
Verse 37… Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven.
Don’t get jealous of people who seem to have a bountiful garden. I have a saying for men… “If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence; water your grass.” And likewise, if your neighbor’s garden is more bountiful than yours, don’t judge… plant different seeds.
God is kind, even to ungrateful people. Be kind.