Sometimes I am so very tempted to get upset with the “ungrateful”. OK, truth be told, I do get upset. I succumb to the temptation. I feel justified.
I blessed them and they didn’t respond. I gave and they weren’t thankful. I go out of my way and they don’t notice. How righteous I feel. What is wrong with them?
Oh my goodness. What is wrong with me? Really. I have been ungrateful to my heavenly Father. What is God’s response?
God’s response is to show me mercy. Our Father’s response is to be kind and to love me. God lavishes His gifts on me. God puts His best clothes on me. God gives me my inheritance early. Jesus prepares a feast for me. Jesus goes to find an amazing ring and put it on my finger.
God does good, is good and is in a good mood. Our Father doesn’t get offended at all. He is God. He is stunningly great.
How amazing? Amazing gifts in spite of my ungrateful heart. He is absolutely perfect.
May I be merciful like my heavenly Father. REALLY.
My reward will be huge. I will be His son.
Here are the key ideas:
- We need to go beyond what is normal and live an extraordinary life of love.
- God’s goal for us is that we love ungrateful and evil people.
- God is in a good mood and loves us even when we aren’t grateful for what he does for us every day.
If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.