…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 is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36[ESV]
Today was a day filled equally with stress, productivity, rest, and relaxation. I call that a good day. It ended with a trip to the Relaxation Station with Marianne for a 60 min massage. At $45 it is hit and miss but tonight for both of us it was a hit! All around a wonderful end to a good day.
This passage today felt very appropriate for not only me in this season but also for several dear sets of friends we have that are going through tough trials in their marriages or with their kiddos. The ending of the passage is the hardest to implement -> Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
Being merciful like the Lord has been merciful to me, is outrageous! He has given me so many chances, so many second starts, and even in the depth of my sin He sent His Son to die on a cross for me. When I look at how my internal dialog goes when I am faced with a situation where I have an opportunity to show mercy, I am mortified by my rigid alignment to my malformed justice. I find myself sometimes seething at someone’s choices or treatment of someone else…but I have been guilty of the SAME THING…but God has been merciful to me anyway.
When you look at all the things Jesus called out before the end of this passage, the call to be selfless is clear. Lord Jesus please lead me in my sanctification in this area of my husbandhood, fatherhood, and friendships.