Luke 6:27-30 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.
When most people encounter this text, there is a universal question that seems to arise – how can anyone do these things? And being resourceful people, we take it apart, and look at these one by one, looking for a way to interpret this so that we can do, what it calls us to do.
With the right set of definitions, we may think to ourselves that we are fulfilling the law, but it is necessary to twist the words – before we can fulfill any part of them. That can lead to the second response to these words, that God really doesn’t mean them – God wouldn’t ask us to do the impossible. If God doesn’t mean them, we can ignore them. But if God didn’t mean them, surely, he wouldn’t have said them – so this is not the answer.
As Christians we say we are the children of God – not that we will be the children of God, but that we are, right now, from the time of our baptism, from the very beginning of faith. One of the very first things we learn is who is God. This text depends on us knowing who God is – for this is not a text about the God of wrath – this is not a text about Judgement day – this is not a text about how the wicked will perish – this is a text about who God is – for all the things this text calls us to do – God has already done for us. This text is all about the love of God which is ours in Christ Jesus.
In this text we are called upon to be whom God has created us to be – and since God is love, we are to be a reflection of the love of God in Christ Jesus.
We may not be able to do any of the things mentioned in this text, by ourselves – we certainly cannot do them by our reason or strength, but we are called to do the – and the way we are able to do such great things, is by grace through faith in Christ.