By David J. Stewart
One of the most precious and needful passages of Scripture in the Bible is Luke Chapter 6. These are noble things that very few Christians obey today. There is so much hatred, gossip, and tearing down in our churches today. It's never been so bad as it is today, when even pastors are tearing each other down, condemning one another, playing malicious people games, and behaving like bratty children. May we all ponder over these Scriptures continually and apply them in our daily life to please Jesus Christ...
Luke 6:1, “And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.”
Luke 6:2, “And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?”
Luke 6:3, “And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him.”
Luke 6:4, “How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?”
Luke 6:5, “And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Luke 6:6, “And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.”
Luke 6:7, “And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.”
Luke 6:8, “But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.”
Luke 6:9, “Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?”
Luke 6:10, “And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”
Luke 6:11, “And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.”
Luke 6:12, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Luke 6:13, “And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.”
Luke 6:14, “Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew.”
Luke 6:15, “Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes.”
Luke 6:16, “And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.”
Luke 6:17, “And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases.”
Luke 6:18, “And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.”
Luke 6:19, “And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.”
Luke 6:20, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”
Luke 6:21, “Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.”
Luke 6:22, “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.”
Luke 6:23, “Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.”
Luke 6:24, “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.”
Luke 6:25, “Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.”
Luke 6:26, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”
Luke 6:27, “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”
Luke 6:28, “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
Luke 6:29, “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.”
Luke 6:30, “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.”
Luke 6:31, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
Luke 6:32, “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”
Luke 6:33, “And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.”
Luke 6:34, “And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.”
Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
Luke 6:36, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Luke 6:37, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”
Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Luke 6:39, “And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”
Luke 6:40, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”
Luke 6:41, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
Luke 6:42, “Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.”
Luke 6:43, “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
Luke 6:44, “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.”
Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Luke 6:47, “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like.”
Luke 6:48, “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Luke 6:49, “But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
Jesus is precious! It's not easy to love one's enemies, but that's what the Lord did, and He wants us to follow His example. Jesus isn't asking us to do anything that He hasn't already done. We have a wonderful example in the life of our Savior to follow.
On Judgment Day, our enemies will stand in Judgment and give account for the horrible way they've treated us. Jesus said it would be better if they had been cast to the bottom of the sea with a weight and chain bound to their neck...
Luke 17:1-2, “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”
“Little ones” is NOT a reference to children as some think, but rather, refers to every child of God, that is, to him that believeth...
Mark 9:42, “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”
Amen and amen! God will avenge us of our enemies (Romans 12:19). I do not rejoice in knowing that my enemies will suffer; yet it is by their own choice and sinful pride that they will do so. The Apostle Paul tells us to “heap coals of fire” upon our enemy's head by doing good to them...
Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”
The reason why we are to be nice to our enemies is because vengeance belonged only to God. The Lord has PROMISED to avenge us of all our enemies, and that includes those who deliberately hurt our feelings and try to make us sad. The day is coming when no man will ever rob us of our joy again (John 16:22). There are many cruel people in this world, people who enjoy hurting others for their own personal pleasure. Judgment Day is coming (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus said that if anyone OFFENDS a child of God, they'd be better off cast into the ocean with a 500 lb millstone chained around their neck. That should scare you if you have been hurting any believer.
Luke 6 teaches us how to treat others. God wants us to love everyone, enemies and friends alike. We need to let go and let God concerning all of the hardships in our life. When people hurt us, all we can do is make sure that we have a clear conscience before God. All we can do is make restitution, attempt to reconcile, and apologize; beyond that point the matter is between that person and God. If someone hates us without a cause, there is nothing we can do to make them love us back. It is a lonely feeling to love others and not receive love back, but this is exactly what the Lord wants us to do. God's love is unconditional. God loves us because of Who He is, and not for who we are. Likewise, we ought to love others because of who we are, and not because of who they are. Amen!
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—2nd Thessalonians 1:8
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