And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:34-38)
One rainy winter, only Mr. Rabbit’s home escaped flooding, so he invited all the rabbits, even the mean ones, to live with him. Although his home was overcrowded, he made many friends. The next season a lynx targeted Mr. Rabbit, waiting by his home to kill him. A friend warned him and offered him shelter in his home. The determined lynx found Mr. Rabbit, so another friend offered to hide him. Mr. Rabbit protected the other rabbits, expecting nothing in return, so now they protected him.
Floods, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and 9-1-1; all disasters find neighbors helping neighbors. But God wants us to be generous in all seasons to everyone – to give without expecting anything in return, even to those who have mean hearts. God needs us to be his hands to be merciful to the ungrateful and wicked. Our enemies have gone through abuse we don’t know about and don’t know God’s love. God wants to show His mercy through us. Perhaps if we have extra toilet paper, face masks, or hand sanitizer, things in short supply during this coronavirus season, we can put a ribbon around them, attaching a sweet note and leaving them on our neighbor’s porch. God promises when we are faithful in this area, we will get back more than we have given, a measure overflowing into our laps.
Heavenly Father, help me to be creative in giving to others, including my enemies, during this time of separation due to the coronavirus. Give me an urge to send a note or make a call to one who needs your mercy.