Luke 6:36-38: Our God-Created Identity
Why must we be cautious in judging others?
Be merciful just as your Father is merciful. (GNT)
Who is our model in this difficult challenge?
Show compassion, just as your Father shows compassion. (CJB)
What do we gain by refraining from judging?
I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. (MSG)
Is the promise of union with Christ in his love of enemies enough for us? Does kindness hold the same allure as power, fame and wealth?
As we compare varying versions of Jesus’ words, we continue to consider where we put our concerns and how we act on them; and we reflect on how we live out our God-created identity.