What do you do more than others?

BethanySMC - Friday, 3 February 2012 05:00

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Matt. 5:43-47

God has given us great promises; we expect to receive an inheritance in the kingdom that is prepared for us, rewards and crowns, eternity in everlasting joy and peace with no tears or sorrows, unity with God – are just a few things we are all waiting for! It is not a small matter to be called a son or daughter of God!  For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48

Jesus asks a question: What do ye more than others?  Question obviously suggests that He requires and expects more from us, than from others. God expects us as His children to represent Him and His character faithfully and act other than the others that have no hope within them.

The New Testament promises and rewards exceed the Old Testaments. That’s why Jesus said “you have heard, but I say unto you” – the bar is raised according to the reward.  Gold medals are not given to everyone, but to those who stretch themselves to the limit and perform better than others. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?

God sends rain on the just and the unjust; lets the sun shine on the good and on the evil. He can with one word wipe all the evil and unjust from this earth – yet His love prevents Him from doing so. He blesses even His enemies and those who curse Him, He does good things even to those who despise Him and persecute His people, because He is looking after the souls of men. We all were evil at one time or another. Under the devils rule, we committed things worthy of His judgment. Yet he was merciful to us and as a result His love prevailed and He brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Now, God expects the same attitude and patience from His children. Although, sometimes it is in our power to stop evil by force, God expects us not to use it, rather than love and bless even those who hate us and do evil to us or our loved ones, those who despitefully use us. Perhaps trough our sufferings they can be won for Christ. Such things are not something common people choose to do; only peculiar people are able to act like that – His people.

God so loved this evil world and was determined to save as much people as possible that He came to give His life for many. He could have just established the order on this earth, whipped away all the evil, yet, He came to save people, even through His personal suffering and death.

What do ye more than others? How do you handle personal offences, or evil that comes against you or your loved ones? What is in your heart when you hear someone curse you or even wants to take your life? Will you choose to act like all others or like your father in Heaven and follow Jesus? We can not expect a reward and better things for ourselves if we choose to live like all others. May the faith within us move us to greater things for His glory! When the time comes you will get your reward, and if it happens that your love won someone for Christ- you will not be sorry for the pain you had to go through.

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