Week 1: Friday

Read: Luke 6v20– 36

Looking at his disciples, he said:

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

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. 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. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Meditate: Jesus isn’t giving us a new more stringent law to follow He is illustrating what His kingdom looks like. What a truly rehabilitated heart looks like. He is giving us an example of what a heart looks like that has been renovated, rehabilitated, transformed by God and completely immersed in his Kingdom.

Jesus is not saying that you now HAVE to walk the second mile, and turn the other cheek, and you have to give your shirt and your coat. He is saying that when you have been set free from anger and evil and hatred, when vengeance has no root in your heart, when your heart has been completely rehabilitated, when your mind and heart have truly been captivated by the gospel and Jesus' work on the cross (Romans 5) - these will be the kinds of things you will want to do.  You will love others so much that you will want what is truly good for them. You will want to walk the second mile, turn the other cheek, give of those who ask of you. 

Pray: Lord, help me to learn your new song, and to find out what it means in our world today.

Engage: Go for a walk in your neighborhood and pick up any trash that you see.