Devotions for June 15, 2017

LUKE 6:32-36

32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

MATTHEW 5:43-48

Teaching about Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’[a] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies![b] Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends,[c] how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

LOVING PERFECTLY

The Aramaic word for “perfect” can mean “complete” or “whole,” including the nuance of “merciful” (Lk 6:36); in this context, it means fulfilling the requirements of Matthew 5:21-47 (IVP Bible Background Commentary).

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: In what way is God’s love “perfect” according to these passages?

Q: How does God want you to reflect Himself to the world? Why is this important to your Christian walk?

Q: How could you directly make an impact on the life of TNLC by loving others whom you do not know well? Begin the #TNLCEATS challenge by having a meal with that person or family.

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