It is perhaps one of Jesus' best known phrases. It is known throughout the world as the Golden Rule. But behind this phrase is so much more. It is the crux of Jesus' concept of loving others. In this same passage Jesus taught, "But to you who are willing to listen I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This is, and always has been a radical and revolutionary teaching. Jesus continues by saying again, "Love your enemies!" He explains, "Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked." Jesus has called us to a higher calling. He has asked us to be His disciples, His disciples of love. He said it this way, "You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate." Today, to those of us "who are willing to listen", may God help us love others with this radical love of Christ.
Dear Father, your calling to love others is so extreme. I cannot do this in my own flesh. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Empower me with the power of Christ to go and love the way you love. In Jesus' name, amen.
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