“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.”
That’s a pretty familiar passage from the Bible, Luke 6:35 (TLV). It’s a good saying, don’t you think? There’s a promise attached to it:
“Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of Elyon,” (Elyon is Hebrew for God Most High).
Yeah, that’s nice too. We like rewards; and being a son (and daughter) of God Most High has countless blessings and rewards. That part of the verse is also fairly familiar. Here is how the verse ends:
“for He is kind to the ungrateful and evil ones.”
God is kind? He’s kind to those that are ungrateful and evil? Those that do not trust Him, follow Him, or believe in Him? What about all the bad things in the world? The current fires and floods? Volcanoes? Sickness? Aren’t they God’s judgements? That’s not kind!
“God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind!” Does He speak and then not do it, or promise and not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19 (TLV)
He tells us in His word, the Bible, that He is Truth, He is Love, He is Faithful. So why do so many think otherwise?
Jesus said of the devil, in John 8:44, that he is a murderer, a liar and the father of lies, there is no truth in him. He is a deceiver: Genesis 3:13, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelation 12:9.
In a parable that Jesus spoke, John 10:10 (TLV) says, “the thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”
Do you have an abundant life, and yet you are not following God? Are you so bold as to think it is your own doing? Or could it be that He is kind to those that are ungrateful, or dare I say (Jesus said it), kind to those that are evil?
The disciple Peter, who lived with, and followed Christ, says in 2 Peter 3:9 (TLV), “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some consider slowness. Rather, He is being patient toward you — not wanting anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”
I hope and pray for you that you are not foolish in thinking that you will put off getting to know Him because, after all, His word says that He is patient. Many say, “Oh, but people have been saying the end is coming soon for hundreds, thousands, of years, and look! We’re still here.” Think again, dear friend. Will you live for a hundred or a thousand years? Someone could cut you off in traffic today, or as you glance at your passenger during conversation, or to the vehicle coming up behind, the driver coming toward you could be texting or dozing off bringing you into a fatal accident. As you are eating, a piece of food could get stuck in your throat causing suffocation. Cancer. A school shooting. I’m sure you can think of a friend or acquaintance who died suddenly by something not in their control. Do you think it couldn’t happen to you and your life be over? Where would you be then? Your eternity is in your own hands – now – dear friend.
To the follower of Christ; continue seeking Him, grow in His wisdom, love and grace, stay focused on Him through the good and the bad.
To the unbeliever; seek Him while He May be found. He promises that you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. He is being patient and kind with you.
To both follower and unbeliever, do not judge another’s choices, nor judge God’s word before you have a solid understanding, and even then, its best to not think you know it all!
Be kind. Even God is kind to all – to His children, and also to the ungrateful and evil.