Strangers

Sowing the seeds of love…

Luke 6:32-45

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

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Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost and that includes each one of us. No one was ever born with a heart after God, in fact we are born into rebellion. Our rebellion is what makes it so difficult to lead the same life as Jesus lived his. Thankfully, he knew this and made it so those of us who make the decision to follow Jesus can begin to lead a life like Jesus.

One of the cornerstones of living the righteous life of a believer is to forgive one another, especially those who perhaps mistreated us. Jesus death on the cross was the ultimate form of love and he forgave us of our rebellion and sin towards God so that the relationship to God could be restored. It is not easy to forgive, but there are rewards for being gracious to a stranger, forgiving your enemies and for not being judgmental yet understanding of someone else.

When do these rewards happen? The truth is that you reap what you sow. God promises to reward whatever we do that brings Him glory.

You might not receive your reward until heaven or you might receive your reward today. It’s up to God and the harvest will be reaped by all who share His will with those who are in need.

Take your eyes off of yourself and bless others. We all can remember the kindness a stranger had in our lives, that awesome feeling. Be the stranger who blesses someone today. It can be as simple as smiling and starting a conversation. Who knows, you could be entertaining an angel.

Pastor Ross