Love, Forgiveness, and Kindness
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs often meet persecuted Christians who, by God’s grace, are able to forgive — and even love — those who have persecuted them.
Jesus said, “ But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:35).
And He said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:44-45).
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who started The Voice of the Martyrs, had more to say about being kind, even to those who may not be grateful for your kindness.
“Be always on the side of the hungry, even if they are hungry because they are lazy,” Pastor Wurmbrand said. “Be on the side of the thirsty, even if it was their neglect not to have dug a well….Be on the side of the sick, even if they have destroyed their health through vice. Be on the side of prisoners even if they are criminals, only being careful not to favor them above their victims who were also men innocently persecuted.”
To Talk About
*Which of Jesus’ commands in the verses above would you find difficult to obey without God’s help?
*Which of the people Pastor Wurmbrand described would you find it hard to be kind to?
*According to Jesus, who is God kind to?