“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
You must walk the path that God directs, not looking for a short-cut or smoother way. So that means showing mercy to others even when it is easier to turn away. Lend or give money even if you don’t expect a repayment. Love those who say they hate you. Love those who are determined to destroy you, ruin your reputation, take what you have, or make you feel less than who and what you are as God’s child.
It is all about God and about your role and purpose as an ambassador in Christ, building His Kingdom. It has nothing to do with your image, ego, pride, self-esteem, self-worth, bottom line, or personal brand. Be the Christian that you claim to be. Touch a stranger’s life today and watch the ripple effect of God’s love spread.
Father, daily I am working to be a better person in every way, in every situation, and to every person regardless of their faith, beliefs, religion, political party, socio-economic status, education level, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, eye color, hair texture or length— or even if they aren’t loving and merciful towards me.
Father, it is about the other person, that I strive to be better and do better. It is about my relationship with You and the importance of the world as I know it, that through Your love and from my loving ways the goal is to pay it forward that all of Your children may grow in love— to also love and help others, show mercy, and reflect Your light.
Father, touch my heart to give to the least of these; to the sarcastic and cynical, to those whose hearts are filled with darkness and hate, to those who are hurt and confused, to those who would blame others and You for the pain and disappointment in their lives. Father help me to reach them so that I may grow closer to You. I love you Father. Amen.
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