“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’
I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you,
not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are
working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—
the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do
is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus?” Matthew 5:45-47 The Message
At the same time God is allowing bad things to happen to good people, He is allowing good things to happen to bad people.
And we’re bent out of shape over both!
But who made us responsible for handing out God’s goodness and grace? Where did we get the job of deciding who God was going to love (us) and who He would never tolerate (them)? Are we powerful enough or smart enough to take on the job of administrating God’s intentions? Can we take any credit for an act of love that God both initiated and completed through the death of his Son?
The threat of God’s judgment against sin can be motivating when spread on our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It’s a terrible thing to fall into the hands of an angry God (Hebrews 10:31) but a wonderful thing to be drawn by his kindness. Paul said: “His (God’s) kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” Romans 2:4 TLB
So let’s allow God to be God and to welcome into our lives bad things occasionally, knowing that even through suffering we can become more like Jesus. And let’s not begrudge unbelievers from experiencing (unexpectedly for most) some of the goodness of God that we enjoy way more than we deserve.
Don’t love just your favorites … people just like you … people who will love you back … JUST LOVE! Through your love and kindness you may give God just the open door He has been waiting for in somebody’s life.