“Bonhoeffer told Barth [who misunderstood Bonhoeffer’s conspiratorial work against the Nazis] he could imagine no greater, rarer, or happier blessing than that of erring on the side of charity when a friend appears to be moving in strange ways.” Charles Marsh
“The thing that more than anything else demonstrates the reality of the loving, triune God is that we embody the reality of the triune God in our relationships with one another and with the world. Nothing less than the credibility of the gospel, the reputation of God, and the salvation of people hangs on our fulfilling the commandment to love. Consider that Jesus was the perfection of holiness (Heb. 7: 26), yet he did not claim that the world would believe in him because of the unique holiness of his followers. Jesus was the very manifestation of the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1: 30), yet he did not claim that the world would believe in him because of the unique wisdom of his followers. Jesus had all the authority of heaven to work signs and wonders (Matt. 28: 18), yet he did not claim that the world would believe in him through unique demonstrations of power. Rather, he leveraged everything on love. …as God ‘is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked’ (Luke 6:35), and as he allows the blessings of nature to come ‘on the evil and on the good’ (Matt. 5:45), so our love must be given without consideration to the relative merits or faults of the person we encounter. We are to love like the sun shines and like the rain falls: indiscriminately. We are to ‘be merciful, just as [our] Father is merciful’ (Luke 6:36). We are to give to beggars, lend to those in need, not resist evildoers, and give without expecting anything in return (e.g., Matt. 5:39–42; Luke 6:31–36). In other words, we are to love without strings attached, without conditions, without any consideration whatsoever of the apparent worthiness of the person we encounter.” Gregory Boyd
“If you are kind only to your friends,
how are you different from anyone else?
Evan pagans do that.”
Jesus in Matthew 5:47
Moving From Head to Heart
- Are you “kind to the ungrateful and wicked?”
- Do you do all you can to bless both “the evil and the good?”
- Is your love indiscriminate, “without any consideration whatsoever of the apparent worthiness of the person?”
Abba, help me to look on others only with love.
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Boy I was recently challenged in this area big time with some very nasty people on my new job. They didn’t like me from the start and I have no idea why they never gave me a fair chance. Of course my flesh rise up but my spirit quickly intervened. God called me to begin to pray for them and recall his word that we don’t fight against flesh and blood. I call them out in prayer regularly and even bought a card for one on the anniversary of her son’s death. She was blown away probably remembering how unkind she has been to me. It felt good to bless her on that day but starting the process was really hard!! Chanel
Thanks for sharing Chanel. Loving well is the most simple, obvious and difficult thing of all – and the most powerful thing of all – changing others when they otherwise wouldn’t be changed, and changing us as we do it – in ways we otherwise wouldn’t be changed.
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