The Just and the Unjust

There is a light rain falling outside this morning.  We need the rain for our lawns, gardens and field crops.  And yes I should add for he sake of the river also.  Since I live on the Greenbrier River, it’s important to me to have and see the river flowing and have a significant amount of water in it.  It’s important not only for fishing, but for floating and boating and much, much more. 

Jesus reminds us, in Matthew 5:45 that our Heavenly Father sends rain on the just and the unjust.  That passage is located in His Sermon on the Mount and in the context of loving our enemies.  Jesus point is not so much that the rain falls on the “just and unjust” but rather as our Heavenly Father doesn’t show partiality when it comes to sending rain upon the earth, neither ar we to show partiality in our love towards each other, including our enemies. 

I don’t know about you, but I often have difficulty with being impartial towards others.  I would much rather function on the reward factor.  If you treat me right, then I’ll do the same to you!  Look at me cross ways, and I ‘m more than likely to withdraw my love for you.  It just doesn’t seem natural to do something for someone if they don’t first of all show me a little something – a little good will.

But that does much to explain the difference in the way God acts towards the human race and the way we acts towards each other and Him as well.  Paul reminds us, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly….God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Need I say more?  God acts the same towards all, for “God so loved the world.” 

It’s raining harder now – in fact it’s coming down by the bucket full.  Maybe God giving me a hint this morning.  Maybe He is reminding me that His love is as refreshing as the rain He’s giving us right now.  And maybe He’s also reminding me, that as the rain is falling on everyone, I to am to love and be concerned about both the “just and unjust.”

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