We live in a world where there is conventional wisdom. We have a culture of success and infatuation with the beautiful. Look at our celebrity worship.
Jesus challenges the notion that there are those who are lovable and those are unlovable. Jesus says, that is no big deal. Why are we impressed with that? Anyone can love the lovable.
God, our Father, shows us what love is. God is good and loves all us. God loves the lovable and unlovable. God’s way is to love everyone (the world).
God’s goal for us is clear. We are to love. We are to love everyone. We are to love like Jesus does.
What is Jesus standard? Love everyone. Love the “unlovely”. That is God’s world and what Jesus demands of us.
Here are the key ideas:
- God loves the lovable and unlovable.
- God’s goal is for us to love the lovable and unlovable.
- God isn’t like us. God is loving all the time.
- God is in a good mood and shows it by his love.
- God is great and redeems us all through Jesus.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. Matthew 5:43-47 The Message