What Jesus Did! 'Beyond Our Circle of Friends' — Luke 6:32

Saturday, April 8, 2023

[Jesus continued his teaching on our interactions with others:] "If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!"
— Luke 6:32 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus has just given us the golden rule in the previous verse. [1] Now he wants to make clear that the golden rule is not just a commandment to obey with people we like and people who treat us nicely. It is a commandment to follow with all people, even our enemies! [2] Just as God loves all people, he calls on us, his children, to do the same. [3]

[1] Luke 6:31.
[2] Luke 6:27-28.
[3] 1 John 4:7-8; John 3:16.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, the true and living God of all nations, mold my heart by your Holy Spirit and fashion it into a vessel that is filled with your love for all peoples. Break down the walls of prejudice, pride, bitterness, arrogance, malice, and ethnocentrism that can produce unholy barriers to your love operating through me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-17
  • Matthew 5:43-45
  • 2 Peter 3:9

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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