Be Compassionate . . .
Luke 6:27-36 NLT
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.
Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Reflection . . .
The verse highlighted is well known as the “Golden Rule” and often quoted. The verses that surround it are often not given much attention, but really give it the kind of force intended! The significance is not just to love your neighbor as we define “neighbor”, but even our enemies, and those who least expect our compassion.
When we show compassion and love toward those who least deserve it or expect it, then we are acting in a way that is contrary to current cultural thinking. We are acting the way God did toward us, doing everything possible to show His love towards us! Now that is radical compassion!
Think of someone who you would least want to have compassion on. Now, pray and ask the Lord to show you a way to have compassion on them and to help you do it. Let’s get radical!