“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Luke 6:35) Jesus gives us a hard instruction – expect nothing in return. He teaches that because we have received His forgiveness we are to follow His example of giving…and not expect anything back from those to whom we give. We are not used to this kind of exchange, but Jesus tells us our reward is in Heaven, and we have become children of God by His grace.
God of grace and glory, we are grateful to be Your instruments on earth. Keep us aware of our task to give without receiving and to rejoice when souls turn to You. Bless us to be a blessing to those who still walk in darkness, that they may see Your light. Amen.