“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 5 : 43 – 45
You have probably played the game of if you ruled the world what things would you change? Would you make yourself rich, powerful, beautiful, eternal or something else? How would you treat those people who have treated you badly or whom you just do not like?
In this passage today Jesus makes a really good point that God treats us all the same. When the sun shines it doesn’t choose to shine more on one person because they have been good and less on another because they have been bad. If a flood hits, you don’t find Christians miraculously spared flood damage whilst everyone else suffers. We are all treated the same.
That is hard because, well because the truth of it is that if I don’t like someone I really don’t want to treat them the same as someone I like. It costs more emotionally to treat someone you don’t like well; it takes more effort.
Yet as a Christian the mark of our interactions with others should not be whether we like them or not but whether we draw them closer to Christ or not. Having interacted with you today, will all those people feel more or less drawn to faith in Jesus? That is the Christian’s measuring stick.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know my heart and you know all my interactions with people. Forgive me for those times I left my faith at the door or through anything I did that I pushed people away from you. Help me to be a beacon that draws people to Jesus.
Action: In these times of Covid we may be meeting fewer people but interacting with more. Ask yourself what kind of impression you are leaving them with?