Day 23: Do You Hate Anyone?

Read Luke 5-6

So...growing up in Gwinnett county rivalries were everywhere between high schools, but one of the greatest always has been between South Gwinnett High School and Brookwood High School. I can remember it like yesterday. It was the fourth quarter of the annual rivalry game my freshman year of high school, and South was down a touchdown. Brookwood was backed up in their own end zone having to punt, and right as they snapped the football everything went black. Somebody had pulled the main switch to the fuse box controlling all the lights. It takes 45 minutes before the game resumes, then they snapped it over the punters head. Safety. South Gwinnett drives down scores a touchdown and wins. The schools are not just rivals, but they are enemies seemingly as well. 

Read Luke 6:27-36. As always Jesus kills it. He flips everything that we think we know on its head, and he not only questions our actions and thoughts but our hearts as well. 

Who are your enemies? Who are those that you think hate you? Who are those people who make fun of you? Who are those people who you think talk bad about you? Who are those people who you think/know don't want to hang around you? 

Now...what do you think about them? What do you feel toward them? What do you say about them? What do you do for them?

"If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them." Luke 6:32

Remember what love is? "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him." 1 John 4:8-9

How does the world react to the only Son of God, Jesus? They despise him. They turn their back on him when he is on the cross. They say the don't know him. They want to put him to death. They do put him to death. 

These are his words in Luke 6:27-36. He lived them out. We are sinners who are in need of a Savior King named Jesus. I'm thankful that though I was his enemy as a sinner at one point he still loved me. He still cared deeply about me. He still forgave, had mercy on, showed grace to me...and you. 

So...if you do not believe in him today is a great day to trust in him. Confess him as Savior. Put him first in your life. 

If you do know him already. Today is a wonderful day to start loving those you deem to be unlovable...your enemies. Today is a great day to start praying for them. Today is a great day for forgiving them if they have wronged you.

Andrew Barnes