The Blessed Life – Lose
Luke 6: 32-36
“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.”
Where is the loss?
If you have given out more than you have received back then you are venturing into the blessed life.
There needs to be loss in your life.
The loss of loving someone who doesn’t return that love.
The loss of helping those who just take.
Loss because there is no hope of getting anything back from your kindness and generosity.
When you question whether it was worth it; when you ask whether you have been taken for a ride; when you see nothing from your acts of kindness it is then when you enter the blessed life.
The Blessed Life is a life where you look like God, especially in front of your enemies. They may be ungrateful and they may not recognise what you do but He sees. God can see you identify with Him for this is who He is and what He has done and does today.
So if today you meet that awkward, self-centred, seemingly unavoidable person then be kind. Lose. Be like God and then live the blessed life.