"I'm telling you to love your enemies and do good to them. Lend to people without expecting to get anything back. If you do these things, you will have a great reward. You will be children of the Most High (God). Yes, because God is good even to the people that are full of sin and not thankful."
— Luke 6:35 NLT
"I have my Father's eyes," Amy Grant sang years and years ago. While that may be good, God wants us to have his heart as well. With other things taught us in the New Testament, we know that we are not to enable people to be irresponsible. However, most of us don't have that problem. Most humans have a tight clutch on what they feel they have earned and are skeptical of sharing any of that with those who might not be grateful or might want to take advantage of them. God, however, is not only rich in goods and power, he is also rich in mercy, kindness, and grace. He asks us to be the same, and our Father even promises to help us have the power to love in this way through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). So let's be open to being generous, gracious, and merciful! If we are, we'll have our Father's heart.
O God, my glorious and almighty Abba Father, make my heart generous, gracious, and merciful like yours. Use my kindness to help others know your love and find your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Galatians 5:22-23
- Psalm 112:5
- Proverbs 11:25
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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.