32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 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. 35 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. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:32-36
The mark of God’s supernatural presence in our life is a radical love, grace and generosity pouring out of our life that is unlike the world. What do people in the world normally do? They love their friends in their affinity group, they borrow money with the expectation that someone will pay them back, and they are kind to the people who are kind to them. What do people who are like God do? They love people who hate them, curse them and treat them like dirt. They give to people and expect nothing back in return. They treat people better than they deserve. When we live this way, it’s like God is looking down on us and shouting, ‘Awww, that’s my boy!’ or ‘Awww, that’s my girl!’. A truly head-scratching, question-provoking, skeptic-silencing grace should shine brightly out of our lives. God became a baby that was born in a feeding trough. He endured living on the wrong-side of the tracks. He lived as a homeless person during His ministry years. He endured insults, was mocked, beaten, tortured and killed and out of Him poured love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. Does my life look like Jesus? Or does it look too much like the world?