Extra Credit?

1 Corinthians 13:3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing (NKJV).

Many people mask their selfishness, and even their sin, by doing good deeds. Look at what Jesus said in the passage below.

Luke 6:32-34 — 32“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back” (NKJV).

I think a lot of times we try to use giving as a way to receive extra credit. So we give to others with the expectation of receiving something valuable in return. We love those who love us back. We do good to those who do good to us, and we lend to those who will repay. Many believers do so innocently; it’s only natural. Jesus made it clear, though, that we would not receive any credit for such transactions. He said there is a great reward for those who love, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return (Luke 6:35).

Jesus did not expect to receive anything from the woman with an issue of blood. He didn’t even want to, which is good because she didn’t have much to offer Him anyway. She withdrew virtue from Him, and He did not hand her a balance sheet and payment booklet. Jesus allowed others to make an unlimited amount of withdrawals from His love account, without requiring a single deposit.

Love like that.

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