Saturday, October 1, 2016

Matthew 5:44-45 -- On Loving as God Loves Us

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:44-45

Thinking about this scripture today, and how much it reflects what God does for us.  He loves us, even when we make ourselves his enemies, even when we curse him.  He loves us when we hate him, and he works for our good, providing heat and light and rain and life to us all.  He wants us to succeed, to learn, and to keep trying.  He puts up with so much from us not because he doesn't have the power to stop it, but because he loves us and truly wants us to learn to freely choose good.

This doesn't mean, for us or for God, that there is no difference between good and evil, or that we can do anything we want without consequence.  It does mean though that God gives us an incredible amount of room for repentance and changing our lives around.  He offers hope in the midst of hopelessness, and is there to offer mercy to anyone who comes to him.  Today, let's work to be like our father by loving people that don't love us back.  And let's be thankful that he loves us that way, as we slowly learn to appreciate his goodness.

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