“What Credit Is That To You?” ( Luke 6: 33, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Often I think the Christian walk requires us to have a willingness to be taken advantage of by others — a meekness that would give the thief our shoes as well as the cloak he has stolen from us; a gentleness that would allow the bully to strike us a second time rather than hit him back.

Jesus is the Lamb of God quietly taken to slaughter — a slaughter resulting in our redemption. Jesus definitely allows Himself to be taken advantage of by others.

Jesus tells us, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” (Luke 6:35)

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” (Luke 6:32) Rather, “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

We are called to be merciful to those who do not deserve our mercy, just as God is merciful to us — we who do not deserve His mercy. “For if [we] forgive men when they sin against [us], [our] Heavenly Father will also forgive [us]. But if [we] do not forgive men their sins, [our] Father will not forgive [our] sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)