“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 Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6, 35-36, NASB.)
Do you love your enemies? God does. He loves His enemies because He is kind.
“For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Verse 35)
Is all of your behavior good? God’s is. He always does good. Our attempts at doing good, on the other hand, are called “dead works” (Hebrews 6 and 9.)
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14, NASB)
Are you a merciful person? Are you full of mercy and compassion and forgiveness toward others? Well, hallelujah! God is! He is the only One who is merciful. That is good news because we really need His mercy!
The first verses listed above, from Luke 6, are part of the famous “Beatitudes,” a.k.a., The Sermon on the Mount. In that sermon Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, trying to get them to see that they needed Him as their Messiah, their Saviour. But the fact is that they had already rejected Him and at that point in the story, they were already planning to destroy Him, to do away with Him. Why? Because, according to them, He “worked” on the Sabbath Day.
Yes. How dare Him, right? He actually walked through a grain field and allowed His disciples to pick wheat and eat it. In addition, He healed a man who had a withered hand . . . on the Sabbath day!!! Shocking, huh?
The Pharisees were like, “You evil unrighteous person! You picked wheat! You healed a man!” . . . uh? Okay.
It’s ridiculous to us, of course. But to them, it was audacious and wrong and against the rules!!!
And yet, all of us, at one time or another were just like the Pharisees. Blind, rule-following, religious, prideful jerks who rejected Jesus and saw no need for His love, His goodness, His mercy.
But . . . I can take a deep breath, take a sigh of relief and rejoice in His mercy to me.
“He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” (Luke 6:35)
I can be thankful today and every day, no matter what my circumstances are, because He has saved me by faith through grace.
I just want to praise Him today and remember that I am NOTHNG like Him. Neither are you, if you’re honest, and that is good news! Because He is God, and we are not.