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Day Five: Like Our Father

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Luke 6:31-36 - Do to others as you would have them do to you. “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.”

Sometimes we forget what our Father is like. Because of our wrongs, we settle for a distorted view of our Father. Here in Luke, Jesus is splashing pure water and reinvigorating color on what our heavenly Father is like which is so different from what our experiences in the world.  Our Father in heaven is merciful.  Our Father loves those who don’t love him. Our Father is good towards those who do wrongs against him. Our Father gives without expecting repayment. Our Father is kind towards those who never say thank you. Our Father is compassionate towards those who act wickedly.

N.T. Wright writes this in his NT for Everyone volume on Luke, “The kingdom that Jesus preached and lives was all about a glorious, uproarious, absurd generosity. Think of the best thing you can do for the worst person, and go ahead and do it. Think of what you’d really like someone to do for you, and do it for them. Think of the people to whom you are tempted to be nasty, and lavish generosity on them instead…Jesus’ point was not to provide his followers with a new rule-book, a list of do’s and don’ts…The point was to instill and illustrate an attitude of heart, a lightness of spirit in the face of all that the world can throw at you.”

And God’s heart for us is saying, “be like me.”

Remember and receive afresh what our heavenly Father is like and worship him. Say “yes” to him as you receive his heart for you to be like him. Ask him to grow this fruit of generous mercy through His Spirit in you.

- AP

Day Four: People Are More Valuable Than…

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Day Three: Mercy Beats

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Day Two: “I Desire Mercy”

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Day One: Mercy Like the Seas

Monday, June 29th, 2015