PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 6:32-36
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:35)
The phrase ‘children of God’ can sometimes be used too broadly or too narrowly.
It is true that in one sense all people are God’s children, for he created us all.
It is true that those who confess Jesus are God’s children, for Jesus said so.
But belonging to the human race, and to the church, do not get to the heart of it.
God created us to be like him, to reflect his character and represent his love.
Kindness to all, including the ungrateful and the wicked, is what God is like.
I may technically be God’s child, but am I actually being like God as his child?
“Even sinners do that” (v.34) is a reminder that tribal love is not enough.
Jesus was the son that God loved because he lived and loved like God.
He reflected and represented God’s kindness to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Jesus spent time with religious and irreligious people, welcoming them all.
He helped rebellious sinners and Roman soldiers and self-righteous hypocrites.
He was kind to all, but also urged them to share the love with the rest of God’s family.
Who are the ungrateful and wicked in my life, and how can I bless and serve them?
Lord, kindness and mercy are what you were all about. Help me push beyond my inner circle, to love and serve those that are harder to love and serve.