“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 sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Insight: This command from Jesus sounds so good and noble - until you have to live it out in real life. Then it sounds unrealistic and unfair. Showing love to those who don’t love you back, going out of your way for those who don’t appreciate you or return the favor - that requires a deeper level of humility than most of us are inclined to cultivate in our lives. But when we remember that we ourselves have been shown such great mercy from our heavenly Father, it can change how we view people and how we love them.
Prayer: Father, it’s easy for me to want to love and help those who love and help me, but You have called me to more than that. You have called me to love like You have loved - without limits and exclusions, without guarantee that it will be reciprocated or appreciated. You have shown such mercy and love towards me, even when I haven’t acknowledged it or thanked You. Help me to love others, no matter who they are, in the same way You love me. Amen.