“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.” Luke 6.35
It is easy to resent God’s command to be kind and loving to others, especially if you can think of some people who deserve very different treatment! However, when you show love to others because you know that you are loved by God, something changes and you become a living parable of God’s love to you.
Whenever you feel the desire to judge or to speak against someone because they deserve it, could it be a reflection of how you expect God to act towards you – you get what you deserve? Conversely, when you show grace to someone beyond what they deserve, you are reflecting the way God treats you. When genuine compassion and love for the person is added to this grace, then you really are beginning to understand something of God’s feelings and heart for you.
It starts with action. Over the course of this day, there will probably be many opportunities to treat people according to what they deserve – perhaps using unkind words or passing on gossip. In these moments recall how God acts towards you and try to reflect his heart; be to others as God is to you.