Luke 6:27 “…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”
Doesn’t mean you have to like everything they do or even agree with what they do. You have to understand what love really is. Wanting what is best for the person without regard to anything else.
29 “…strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also…”
No immediate retaliation. Step back and allow for conversation to straighten out the problem before striking back.
30 “Give to everyone who asks of you…”
Don’t automatically try to discern whether the person is real or a fraud. But don’t forget wisdom. If the same known charlatan confronts you multiple times, you know his need isn’t real. He’s only a polite thief.
32-35 “…even sinners love those who love them…you will be sons of the Most High…”
Change of heart. Loving and doing good to those who don’t love you shows a heart change toward that of God. That’s how God treats everyone.
38 “…running over will be put into your bosom…same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you…”
Unknown if He is referring to actions in this life or the one to come. Certainly the rewards can be greater in the one to come. I can see where people could take this as a promise of plenty here, but I don’t think that’s the case. At least not in this life. Certainly doesn’t rule it out, but God always puts more emphasis on that to come than what is here now.
44 “…every tree is known by its own fruit…”
You can tell what is in a person’s heart by the fruit they bear. Doesn’t give you permission to judge them, to pass judgment on them. But determining their heart condition or the quality of their actions is not judging them. It’s not declaring their end. The results of their actions have already been determined by God and put in His word. Making sure they know that isn’t judging either. In fact, we may be judged if we don’t sound the alarm regarding someone’s actions.
45 “…out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”
Knew of a fellow who claimed to be Christian. Yet he never did anything to promote or assist the Christian cause. And he stood for just about everything contrary to Christ. I’m sure that man wasn’t really a Christian. I personally have no say in what should or will happen to him, but I know what God has already said should and will happen to him if he doesn’t repent and accept Christ. And if I’m given the chance, I have the duty to show mercy to him and make sure he knows what is coming if he doesn’t repent.
47 “…hears My sayings and does them…”
Wisdom. Trusting Jesus, not only for salvation, but also in how to live life as it was intended. Storms of life will come, but with Jesus we can weather any storm because He will walk through them with us.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.