Hope for Nothing in Return

Read the Bible in a year chronologically by reading Luke 6:27-49 today.
The church exploded with growth in the first several centuries. There were many reasons for it, and one of those reasons was the attitude of the early Christians. They did what Jesus said to do, such as in the following passage, “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). The pagan Romans seeing that teaching in action, could not resist it, but many of them joined the Christians.
Try this experiment to see what kind of heart will lead a person to do the things that Jesus listed in that verse. Ask yourself throughout the day, what kind of heart would you need to have to do good and to lend, but hope for nothing in return. Try to start thinking that way, and watch how it changes the kind of person you are.

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Don Ruhl

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