Love and nothing but love

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Love and nothing but love

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. It is everywhere in Jesus’ language and actions, this message of love and forgiveness is difficult to keep ignoring or overlook. It takes a deliberate action not to take this on board and do something about it. I think Jesus knows that what he asks can be difficult and that many of us will consider it impossible. The message is love and nothing but love and if we are not able to do this then the way forward is to ask God to do it with us.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I tried to overlook this message of forgiveness in the first reading then it was in the psalms then it was in the Gospel, it was everywhere and it felt like it was delivered especially for me today. I know that I have been harbouring resentment, anger and ill will towards someone that has been persistently attacking me and I have indulged in these feelings. I have not actively forgiven him and it is clear today that this must change as it is affecting me deeply. I have forgiven those that have hurt me more than this person but for some reason I am having difficulty in forgiving this person. I will start by saying these words in my head over and over again, “I forgive you” and ask God to change my heart.

Prayer:

Lord,
prepare my heart to be filled with love for you and all your children.
we are one and I know that if I can’t love others that I will not be able to love myself or you.
Help me to forgive and more, to love and nothing but love
Amen

Luke 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’