Christianity is and will always be COUNTER culture. And though we are called to be Christ’s ambassadors—that means be in the world but not like the world. Jesus saw that to be important in how we treat others. We are to rise above petty arguing and vengeful thought. We are to treat with respect those our culture would not. We are to forgive the unforgivable, love the unlovable and be light to those that exude darkness.
The sad news is that the world will continue to hate us even though we refuse to stoop to their level. So, no matter, how we show God to the world, we cannot expect them to offer that grace back. That is what makes us like the Lord—he loves unconditionally. When we live as he lives we walk free of bitterness and hopelessness. We can be ourselves and know that who we are is not effected by those who are bent on our destruction. It is hard work, but, to walk like that is an incredibly freeing experience. Make this the week that you love those who failed to love you. That is God’s week every week.
God Bless You
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.