"If you love only those people that love you, should you get some special praise for doing that? No! Even sinners love the people that love them!"
— Luke 6:32 NLT
Jesus has just given us the golden rule (see previous verse). Now he wants to make clear that this principle is not just a principle to practice with people we like and people who treat us nicely. This is a principle to use with all people, even our enemies! Just as God loves all people, he calls on us, his children, to do the same.
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 that is operating through me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 3:16-17
- Matthew 5:43-45
- 2 Peter 3:9
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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