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?!?