“Making Others Happy (Part 1)”

So what do you think? It’s good to do good things for other people and expect good in return, right? What’s more, Jesus sure seems to tell us to live like this.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NRSV)

Oops! I thought Jesus said, “Do unto others and they will do unto you.” Sorry, dear readers!

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return…” Luke 6:35a (NRSV)

That “expecting nothing in return” sort of settles it. So I guess maybe there really isn’t any “Circle Of Love.” That is, at least not in the sense of love being about “You do for me, I do more for you, you do even more for me, I do still even more for you.”

What if maybe, just maybe, this whole “Circle Of Love” idea is missing God and His Love? Then it’s not a “Circle Of Love” but an ever-widening, ever increasing, exploding “Wave Of Love” where everyone is receiving from God more and more of His Lovingkindness and pouring out His Lovingkindness until we lose sight of what we are “getting” and instead are caught up in the overwhelming joy of what we are “giving”…? Wow! What about that?!?

11 thoughts on ““Making Others Happy (Part 1)”

  1. This is a great example of where cultures clash. Not long ago, I was told about the conundrum in eastern areas – it’s expected that once you give a gift, you ought to – at the very least, give a gift in return that’s the same value so that you’re even – or give a greater gift so that the person you gave the gift to owes you the difference. When Jesus was talking along those lines, he was challenging the heart of what his culture believed and told them to give gifts to those who couldn’t pay you back. Same goes for doing nice things – don’t do them with the expectation that what you do will be repaid. Otherwise you get stuck in this endless cycle of one-upping each other in an attempt to keep up with the Jones’s.

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  2. The only way to ever lend money is to not expect to get it back. It keeps relationships from falling apart. My husband and I learned that a long time ago. Lol

    I confess, years ago if I asked one of my adult daughters to do something for me and they said no, I would think of all I’d done for them over the years and feel angry and let down. That’s a bad attitude to have and I’ve given it to God.

    I’ve read a few times about not having expectations about people. I think this is the best way to live and I wish I had learned it many years ago. Having no expectations means you let go and let that person be who they are. If people don’t live up to our expectations, then what will we do? Be angry and critical, I think.

    All this makes me think of my mom, whom I love a lot, but if one of her kids doesn’t live up to her expectations, she can get really ticked off – for years.

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  3. Right, NBG. Even our “good works,” like our love for people, are like filthy rags. For the most part, our love is based on reciprocity – I’ll love you if you love me. God asks us to go beyond that.

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    1. Exactly my purpose! I think it’s very important that we know what we believe and understand why we believe it. Question is good. Jesus asked a lot of questions, didn’t He?!? And even if someone doesn’t agree with me, at least they’ve been able to think. It never hurts to open a dialogue, you know? Thanks for your positive comments and feedback. They really mean a lot to me!

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