📜 THE PUBLICAN OR SINNER'S LOVE 📜
Day 277| 3 Oct 2020 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew 5:44-46 (KJV)
A Publican as we saw in our opening verse refers to one who farmed taxes to be levied from a town or district, and this undertook to pay to the supreme government a certain amount. In order to collect the taxes, the publican employed subordinates who for their own ends, were often guilty of extortion and peculation. In New Testament times, these taxes we're paid to the Romans, and hence we're regarded by the Jews as a very heavy burden, and hence the collectors of taxes, who were frequently Jews, were hated, and were usually spoken of in very opprobrious terms. The name in fact is synonymous with sin.
But this group who are speculated to be evil, greedy with no affection for people when it comes to their tax monies have people they love too. They love people who love them. So if you are in their bracket of people who love them, you are going to be loved back but if not, expect no mercy from them. The unfortunate part here is that this group which is branded evil is not the only group living this way. Many Christians also love only those who love them back.
This kind of love is not for the child of God. You are different from the publican and your love is for all. You can't say if you love me I love you back, if you wish me well I will also wish you well but if you hate me I also hate you- that is the publican love. You have been brought to the place of Christ's love to love as Christ and because of that God has flooded your heart with his love- Rom 5:5
Love is your command for life. It our tool for winning the world. We have no permission from the Lord to live any way else- we love those who love us the same way we do those who hate us and want to see our miserable end.
// 🗣️SAY BY FAITH
I love the Christ way. I love those who hate me and persecute me. I don't entertain hate for anyone.
// 📚FURTHER STUDY
Luke 6:32, Rom 12:19-21
// 📜ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Isaiah 29-30, Eph 6
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