I. A principle of submission
A. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27; Matthew 5:16)
B. “Bless those that curse you” (Luke 6:28a)
C. “Pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:28b; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
II. The principle applied
A. “Offer your other [cheek] also” (Luke 6:29a; Romans 12:17-21)
B. “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke 6:29b-30)
C. The Golden Rule: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12)
III. “What credit is that to you?”
A. Step outside your comfort zone (Luke 6:32-34; Proverbs 25:21-22)
B. “Your reward will be great” (Luke 6:35; James 4:10)
C. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” – show compassion toward those who mistreat you, as they do not yet know the love of God (Luke 6:36; Romans 5:6-11)
I. The poor and the rich
A. “Poor in spirit” = contrition and humility (Luke 6:20; Matthew 5:3)
B. “Rich” trust in wealth and self (Luke 6:24; Matthew 6:19-21; Mark 10:23-25; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; Luke 18:9-14; Revelation 3:17-18)
II. The hungry and the full
A. “Hunger…for righteousness” (Luke 6:21a; Matthew 5:6)
B. “The full,” in thinking he knows it all, shows how little he knows
III. The weeping and laughing
A. Godly sorrow produces repentance (Luke 6:21b; 2 Cor. 7:8-11)
B. Don’t “laugh it off” (Luke 6:25b; James 4:9; Philippians 4:4; Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:6; James 1:2)
IV. The persecuted and the praised
A. Threats from the religious (Luke 6:22-23; Acts 4:18-21; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 3:13-17)
B. The approval of men (Luke 6:26; 2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Day 6/260: Read Luke 6
Children in Bible classes sing about the wise man and foolish man. The wise man who builds his house on the rock will have a sturdy foundation when the storms come; the foolish man’s house, however, cannot withstand the weather.
The foundation, Jesus says, is knowing and doing what He says. Many base their religion on feelings, but that’s not what God desires. Others base their beliefs on what the preacher says, but preachers are human.
Our faith must be built upon the solid foundation of God’s Word. Yet, faith is so much more than just acknowledging a fact to be true. Faith is active. Jesus says, “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them,” (emphasis mine) is like the wise man.
On the other hand, there are the foolish “who heard and did nothing” (again, my emphasis). Reading the Bible is good, but if the one who closes the book and walks away and doesn’t allow it to change how he acts and thinks, he is foolish!
Will you be like the wise man? Will you read the Word of God, the “power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16), which is “able to save your souls” (James 1:21)? Will you allow it to dictate your actions today?
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Luke 6:45. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and en evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Pray for God’s guidance through His inspired Word.