“But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
Matt:5: . NKJV
These are the words of JESUS in His sermon on the mount which is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
GOD BLESSES US SO WE MAY BLESS OTHERS!
May I ask you a question?
How would you react to the following?
I do not doubt that if you met these children you would love them just the way we did when we served and played with them in the slums of Ecuador. The first picture is of four boys we called the four amigo’s, because they were always together.
The picture on the top right is a member of the team surveying the village from the roadside.
The bottom left picture is me with two sisters who became my shadow through out the four weeks we lived with them.
The bottom right picture is what their village was,
IT WAS A COMMUNAL DUMP
The question is will you love me?
Now I would like to give you another everyday scenario:
Meet our colorful characters that live on our streets!
WHO GOES SHOPPING IN THE CITY?
Yes I thought so all of us! In that case we have all met the group of people above.
What is your reaction when you see them?
Or what would your reaction be if one of them dare come up to you and speak to you?
Would you read them the riot act and tell them to go get a job?
Would you point them to the nearest homeless shelter were there are people who will give them a hot meal?
Do you give them money? (by the way this is not a wise decision because they may go spend it on either booze or drugs whatever their tipple happens to be.
Or would you pop into McDonald and buy them a big mac?
That last option is the one which would most benefit them!
Whilst on holiday in Seattle a couple of years ago my wife and I were approached by one of these gentlemen and he was asking for money, before we could do anything a young lady walked up to him and gave him a hot meal which she had just bought for him, he immediately threw it away saying I don’t want food I want money, so he ended up getting neither.
THEIR QUESTION IS THE SAME AS THE FIRST QUESTION ASKED!
WILL YOU LOVE ME?
Here is my next scenario !
Yes you have all been here if you drive!
Imagine M6 motorway, I5 interstate or the Autobahn on a holiday weekend and yes it has road works on it so there are large traffic ques. Then you see the top right hand picture informing you that one lane is closing.
Bottom left hand picture along comes my brother who is determined he is going to get into the same lane as you right in front of you. Maybe your reaction is or was the same as the picture in the bottom left hand corner!
THE QUESTION IS WILL YOU LOVE ME?
My next scenario is one of friendship:
We all have best friends I assume and a best friend is someone who loves you when you forget to love yourself. But like all things in life not all friendships run smooth and friends fallout.
Maybe they offended you or you insulted them whatever the cause some friendships end up broken of even ended.
THE QUESTION REMAINS THE SAME:
WILL YOU LOVE ME?
My Final Scenario is one which has just been world-wide news, it was the bombing in Manchester:
Can we ever love someone who takes away innocent lives at the drop of a hat
Well let’s not listen to what anyone else would say, let’s listen to JESUS!
I have based my answer on Matt:18:21-35
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
(Scripture taken from the New King James Version®
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