Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy - Luke 6:27-36
Love those who oppose & mistreat you. (vv. 27-28)
It is not enough to refrain from hostile acts. He is also to do good to those who hate him.
Surrender your personal rights for the good of others. (vv. 29-30)
Treat others not according to what they ‘deserve’ but according to the grace you wish to receive. (v. 31)
Ordinary human ‘love’ isn’t the same as this radical mercy. (32-34)
In pursuing God’s nature there is great reward, for in that relationship we are children of God. (35a-b)
You will be sons does not mean “you will become sons” but “you will demonstrate that you are sons” by imitating God’s care and compassion even for those who are evil.
God himself is the standard for kindness and mercy. (35c-36)
This kind of love marks one off as distinctive (vv. 32–34), and as having the same characteristics as the heavenly Father (v. 35).