In today’s reading, Jesus pronounced blessings on the poor, the hunger and those who weep giving them hope of a change of situation. He however cautioned those who put their trust in their riches and appears to have comfort. He pronounced blessings on those who suffer insults, slander and rejections because of his name and the gospel. He told them never to loose heart because they shall not lose their reward.
Jesus also taught about love. His teaching was the exact opposite of what the world system teaches. ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who insult you ‘ were His words.
He taught on self-appraisal and against life of hypocrisy. Jesus taught that what you give is what you receive, for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
There will be times, in fact many times in our Christian journey when all sorts of darts will be thrown at us inform of insults, slander, false accusations and rejection; all in the name of Christ and the gospel. The temptation to react negatively will be strong in our heart. At this point, we should remember we are not to pay evil for evil. We are peculiar people. Our peculiarity should be evident in the way we react to negative situations. Before you act, take a moment to reflect on what Jesus would do in such circumstance.
I receive grace to think like Jesus, talk like Jesus and act like Jesus. I have the mind of Christ.
Reading – Luke 6:20-42
Luke 6:20-42New International Version (NIV)
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 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 children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.