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Luke 6:27-28 “Be Nice Regardless!”
"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Is there a tougher concept? Most of the time, we don’t think twice about having mean feelings toward those that treat us poorly. It is truly easy, maybe not intentionally to be mean, but certainly if something bad happens to someone we dislike, we quietly are happy about it. The trouble is God says we must love those who really hate us. Can you imagine that?
If you recall, God reminds us it’s easy to be nice to those we like, even evil people do that! We are only having a Christian heart if we pay back evil with love, doing good, blessing and praying for those that do us wrong. Surprisingly, much of the time, it really does feel good to be nice to those who are mean to us. It’s completely deflating to mean people when you return their meanness with good. It drives them crazy! God is telling you it will be much better in the long run to do good to those that do bad to you.
The tougher situation is when someone does something REALLY bad to us. According to God it doesn’t matter. Of course, to us that seems too much to ask? “I’ll be loving and prayerful for most bad people, but if it’s that manager at the Club that belittled my family to defend a drunken attorney, and did so in front of others, literally trying to goad me into an assault charge, that one’s different God!” What if Jesus had felt this way about the soldiers that beat him to a pulp the night before he died? “Okay Father, I’ll take one for the team, but no way am I forgiving these soldiers!” BAM, they’d all be dead! But instead, He was God, and yet allowed Himself to become human, to be brutally and unfairly murdered and still said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
No matter how bad we’re treated or done wrong, God says love, do good, bless and pray for those people. When God deals with that evil person, even then our job is to pray for the evil doer. It’ll never be easy; it’s just what a strong Christian with good character does. It isn’t letting someone off the hook, it’s learning to do it God’s way so we see the results of doing it God’s way!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”
~ Follow Rick on Twitter @raisaacson.