I was reading Luke 6:27-30 “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.” As I read these words, two things had come to mind. A friend of mine and I had had previous conversations centered around giving, monetary giving. The second thing that came to mind was my struggle with my ex-husband. As I read the first few verses, God was speaking to my heart on showing love and kindness to him not because it may be the best thing for my kids but because this is what He is asking me to do.
Later I read a chapter from a book by Lysa Terkeurst called What Happens When Women Walk in Faith and God gave me affirmation. She points out that we should still show love and kindness to those we encounter that we don’t think deserve it because if that were the case we wouldn’t go to Heaven because we don’t deserve salvation given to us through Jesus’ death on the cross. She also says that God wants us to reach out to the poor, not necessarily the financially poor but the poor in spirit and that we should bless our enemy.
I want to be that person that hears and follows God. After reading the verses from Luke, an opportunity was presented to me to do exactly that. Today I was gratified when my ex-husband said the first kind, intentional words to me since our separation, thank you.
After reflecting on this, perhaps God had not been trying to tell me anything regarding giving to anyone financially but giving love and kindness when I was asked. I think that this will spark a journey to interior freedom.