Through the death of Christ, God has reconciled the world to Himself, and offered a way for His wrath to be appeased Colossians —humanity now must be reconciled to God through faith in Christ 2 Corinthians For all those who receive Christ John , for all those who are born from above John , for all those who believe John , there await certain eternal benefits given by God. Further, the believer is a new creation 2 Corinthians who has been declared righteous 2 Corinthians , redeemed 1 Peter , forgiven Ephesians , and the recipient of the gift of eternal life John All rights reserved in the original.
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God , the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus , the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried , and rose from the dead according to the Bible. The sheer difficulty of these commands has led to discussion of how literal they are.
Mercy in the Christian gospels
Marshall points out correctly that the illustrations are somewhat figurative, since to follow Luke literally would lead to nudism! Yet Jesus' life makes it clear that he took these standards seriously. When his opponents took his life, he did not seek retribution but prayed for their forgiveness. He was more interested in giving something that would build than in retrieving what had been taken. The three illustrations picture the kind of action that manifests radical love.
The world's standards of love should be surpassed But we can only accept such a standard if we believe that God will see and reward the faithful.
Father of Love and Mercy
Without a theological view to build on, Jesus' ethics wilt into futility and foolishness. So Jesus offers what became known in the sixteenth century as the "golden rule": Do to others as you would have them do to you. The verse has Old Testament roots Lev In addition, numerous such ethical statements existed in ancient Jewish and Greek culture.
Jesus' formulation of the rule, however, is the least self-focused.
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Jesus is not saying, "Do good deeds for others so they will return the favor. Nor is he saying, "Think of what you like, then do that for others. Sensitivity in love means listening and serving. This does not mean ignoring moral limits, as Jesus' own ministry makes clear, but it does mean caring enough to be concerned about how others feel. The old adage "walk a mile in my shoes" may fit here: look at things from another's perspective and then act with concern.
In the modern world, this would mean not just protesting against abortion but being prepared to care for the child that is born to a mother who has chosen not to abort. More than this, we are called to continue to love those who go ahead with their intention to abort. It means not just talking about ethnic oneness in the church but acting out oneness in community, like Paul's crossing ethnic lines to raise funds for believers in need. Even more, this passage calls us to show tangible concern for unbelievers in need, so when someone tells them that God loves them, they will have seen evidence of such love.
Jesus repeats his examples in verses but adds one more point: If we love only those who give us love, what is so great about that kind of love? It is like the love sinners give. If we do good only to those who do good to us, what is so special about that? If we lend money only to those who will respond in kind, what is so honorable about that?
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It is the ethics sinners have. The clear implication is that the disciples are not to live and love like sinners. The love of believers is to be different from the love displayed by the culture. As children of God, believers have been transformed to live in contrast to the way of sinners, modeling the sacrifice of radical love.
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So Jesus summarizes: love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. When we give, it should not be with strings attached. When we serve, it should be to meet needs, not to give tit for tat. True service involves a giving that does not demand a giving back.
Love, Mercy and Grace
The essence of relationship for the child of God is to love and serve. But Jesus also attaches a theological dimension of promise to the exhortation: your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. God does notice when we reflect who he is to the world.
In such faithful, imitative service, promise and identity merge. He will honor us for reflecting our Father's values. God will reward our love, and our love will reflect our identity as God's children. They sold their possessions and shared with those in need… all the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own; but they shared everything they had Acts ; Therefore, not only is sincere love significant; orderly love is also. Be merciful to those who doubt; save some with love compassion and some with fear, snatching them from the fire… Jude Search for: Search.
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