We are working our way through the Gospel of Luke this week. In Luke 6 is a version of Matthew’s “Sermon on the Mount.” In this part I find three key ways we are called to live in Kingdom power in this world.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:27-31, NIV)
Kingdom power isn’t only for the “good times.” It is for the tough times. Kingdom power is real in the tough times.
Here are the three words that stand out:
This is the power of Kingdom life. When the life of Christ is flowing through us, we find we can LOVE our enemies, we can BLESS those who curse us, and we can GIVE to those who ask.
It is living in a freedom that does not manipulate. We don’t love on the condition or knowledge that someone will love us back. We don’t bless only those who bless us first, or we know will say good things about us. We don’t give to only those we know won’t “misuse our funds.”
Kingdom life is flowing out of the life of the Savior. We can’t manufacture this kind of living.
We live in Kingdom power praying the prayer of Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.