“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”Luke 6:35
I have mentioned previously that the first verse of Scripture I was encouraged to memorize after I invited Jesus Christ to be my Savior was Luke 6:35. “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.”
Usually, it is not hard to be grateful to those who have been generous or grateful to you; the challenge is to do this to those who are ungrateful to you. Subconsciously we enact attitudes that are hidden in the recesses of our emotions and react to previous hurts, rather than to how would our Lord have us handle this situation.
Nothing in return? How in the world can I forget the past you ask? Those words were spoken two thousand years ago and by a perfect person? He is probably unaware of “my” situation in this hour.” Really! I do not find anywhere that I will “forget” the hurts of yesteryear! The real question is, how I should deal with those “hurts” when I recall them.
Some “hurts” happen to us without the other person being aware that they had hurt you. Some things happen that are spewed out of a character that has little or no interest in spiritual approaches. Then again, some of the things that are committed by fellow Christians need to be discussed, prayed over together, and placed in the box of forgetfulness. Proof that it has been handled properly indicates that we now respond in a Christ like manner at its recall.
The verse includes some thinking about our rewards in eternity. If God can forgive me and you, and still reward us in regards to the manner in which we forgave our offender, LET’S GET OUR ACT TOGETHER. Excuses are unacceptable!