“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 is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36, ESV).
Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies, do good and pray for those who hate and mistreat them, and give without expecting anything in return, even if someone is stealing from them.
Seems pretty radical doesn’t it?
But Jesus expects extraordinary behavior from the citizens of His Kingdom.
After all, it is really quite ordinary behavior to love those who already love you, do good to those who do good to you, or to lend money to those you know will pay you back.
Even sinners do these things (vs. 32-34)!
Jesus is not satisfied with His followers merely loving one another. He wants an extreme makeover!
Jesus expects a higher standard of behavior from His disciples.
If not, then God’s people are really no different from anybody else, are they?