A Great Reward

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

In any sporting event, competition or contest, participants take long for the first place. Everyone fights, train and sacrifice to achieve the gold medal, championship, cup, crown or trophy. In short, each contestant craves the great reward. In the spiritual world, the great reward is intended for those who do extraordinary things like love their enemies and give without expecting repayment.

Do good to the people we love, our friends and relatives is something very simple that does not require a great effort. However, pay with good to who hate us or those who have done something wrong to us that takes work. It is very normal, in the natural; we strive to give the best things to ours and leave leftovers or give nothing to who fall ill to us or unknown people we met on our journey through life.

In my life I have known people who spare no efforts to give expensive gifts to their children or close relatives; but who are extremely stingy when dealing with those outside their circle blood. I have also seen people hold grudges for life that at some point in their existence have done wrong and, if they saw their enemy on the floor, chances are that they would put their foot on his head to sink more.

The experience of life has taught me many lessons regarding human relationships. Your enemy yesterday could be your ally tomorrow and your friend today could be who sticks the knife in your back tomorrow. Even our own family can behave as our enemy. That I have lived in my own flesh and therefore not surprise me because the Lord prophesied in Matthew 10:36: and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.

Doing good to friends, our children, persons we love is not bad; but there is no guarantee we receive any reward for it. Spiritually, act that way does not have great merit. Even the worst criminals are generous with their families. So when we do well to ours, we do not make difference to them. In addition, the people closest to us can pay ingratitude for our efforts to please them. That I have seen in my life and those of people close to me.

I cannot tell you that if you do a good to your enemy, he will thank you or love you. Indeed, it is not guaranteed that he will treat you better for it; but in Luke 6:35, the Lord tells you that your reward will be great. So, do good, not expecting retribution on earthly things, but the recognition of our Father in heaven. Paul says in Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Let us do the difference from others trying to do well to those who have wronged us. You might tell me that this is very difficult and that I don’t know how bad they have done to you, which you cannot forget or forgive. You know, people have also done me wrong: they have tried to kill me, have robbed me, I have been slandered and humiliated and, if given the chance to do good to those people, I would do to earn this great reward. God bless you.

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