Could someone explain the meaning of Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for...

Could someone explain the meaning of Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil"

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In order to understand this, you should look at the context in which it is given.  This is part of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” in which he is introducing people to a set of ethical ideas that might be foreign to them.  He is trying to get them to see that it is more important to be morally good than to be powerful and it is more important to treat others well than to demand things for yourself.

In this context, we can see that Jesus is telling people, in Luke 6:35, to act in ways that they would not have expected to act.  He is saying that they should be good to their enemies and should not expect to be paid back for loans.  He says that this will make God think better of them. 

The reason for this, he says, is that this is how God is.  God, Luke says, loves even the bad people.  He loves the ungrateful and the wicked.  Therefore, we should be like God.  We should also love bad people.

So, Luke is not saying that we will be wicked and ungrateful and therefore God will love us.  Instead, he is saying that if we love people who are wicked and ungrateful, we will be acting like God and that is a good thing. 

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