If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing?
Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those
who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners do that!
No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back.
The Problem with Love
As Christians, we know that we are to love one another. But, to love, to
truly love, we must become vulnerable to one another. How can we
really love someone if we are not willing to let them know who we
It’s hard to allow yourself to become vulnerable to one another. Our
experiences in life, even in the church, may have taught us to be
cautious - to be on guard – to build our own “hedge” of protection
around ourselves – to keep others out of our sensitive areas. Even in
the loving environment of a Kairos team, we may find it difficult to
become vulnerable to one another. It is risky. But, it is no where
nearly as risky as it is in the prison environment. And yet, we know
that to allow the gift of God’s grace to be received, one has to become
vulnerable. That’s a very hard thing to expect of a prisoner.
During the course of the Kairos weekend, every participant has to be
gently led over that “distrust hurdle.” In order for them to become a
viable member of the sharing Christian Community, they have to take
the risk of exposing their lives, their hurts, their disappointments, and
As team members, we model the message. We too must be vulnerable,
and to show one another that real love springs forth in that
vulnerability. One way we risk becoming vulnerable to one another is
to share our vulnerable moments with another person.
Use the following questions to guide your heart to a deeper sense of how
much you need Christ and how it is through Him that we can truly
become vulnerable to one another.
What is God saying to me, through this word?
Who are my enemies?
Prayer Focus: People who shut out love because they have been hurt.
Who do I know like this?