If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:34-36, NASB)
Most of us treat others the way they treat us.
We “give them what they deserve.”
That only seems right…
But that’s not what God is like (thank goodness!).
He gives lovingly and generously to His enemies.
He is lavishly, ridiculously kind to the most undeserving people.
And He wants us to be the same.
Jesus, help me to be kind to the unkind.