On: January 18, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Do to others as you would have them do to you. “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. [Luke 6:31-34]
After yesterday’s challenging instruction to love our enemies, today we are given insight into the why and how. The alarming thought occurs that we will sometimes be seen as enemies by others. How would we like them to respond to us? By cutting us some slack and engaging us with understanding? I guess so.
This opens the lid on who we choose to spend our time with … and I’m not liking what is coming. To love our enemies is actually an order to be proactive, not just advice on how to deal with trouble when it comes. And, if we are called to love our enemies, we must get amongst them. This is a hard call as, if you’re anything like me, you try and live in a place where you don’t have to grapple with strife – it’s known as living a quiet life! But no, we’re called to step out into a place that is a lot less comfortable, where we are to overcome with love the enemies we allow ourselves to be surrounded by.
“Softening” this to an everyday scenario, we need to not hold back from engaging with those we find difficult or awkward, those we suspect are not necessarily “for us”. By stepping out of our comfort zonewe will be dealing a blow to fear, which will always grow if we allow people or situations to stop us tackling them.
If yesterday was reactive love, today is proactive love. This is stepping into the fire and trusting that God will use and protect us – the way of the cross … walking in the footsteps of the King.
The picture is taken from the security of my bedroom window, looking across the rooftops to a blazing sunset over London, where I work and find myself most challenged. What image would you put here to represent what it means for you to step into the fire?
Father God, convince me, for I need convincing, that Your way is a life spent with those I would not choose to be with, tackling issues I don’t find easy, and that you will transform lives and situations through me, if I have the courage to go where you lead. A hard call, but I want to be obedient and I want to discover Your power at work in and through me. Amen.