As I opened my Bible in this chapter, I was so amazed with the number of highlighted verses; it means I was able to read this chapter before, and that I loved some or most of the verses here. Most of my memorized verses come from this chapter alone. Here are my top picked 6 from Luke 6:
5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Why I love this verse?
This verse gives meaning to my days. When I was a little girl, I make sure that I am in Church every Sundays; and now that I’m a grown up, I just don’t understand why I feel incomplete every time that I wasn’t able to attend the Sunday service. Before it was purely religion, attending Sunday services and hearing mass, but now I know why I feel incomplete, for this verse says it all, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and that I must not forget to honor Him every Sabbath. But I also do believe that Jesus is not just the Lord of the Sabbath, He is my Lord all the days of my life and that I must not live a day without glorifying Him, for without Him, I will always be incomplete.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven…”
Jesus speaks of blessings and woes, of course I didn’t copy the woes, for I want the blessings. This is just so overwhelming to know that a little pain, suffering, shame, and tears in my life here on earth is nothing compared to an eternity of blessings in heaven. And verse 23, it always makes me sing, “Shout for joy! Sing His praises! Lift your voice unto the Lord!”
35 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. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Love for the enemies, I guess, this is the hardest thing to do. But Jesus says so, so I must love them. Question is, who are my enemies? I don’t know. So my prayer is, “Lord, tell me who I should love, and let me love more like Jesus.”
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you… For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
A very famous line that I used to memorize as a child was, “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others do unto you.” I believe, when Jesus said these verses, He means that we must see each other equally. No one is above the other, and no one has the right to look down at another, for all of us are equal in the eyes of God.
45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Every time I feel that I wanted to say something, I would check my heart first, for I know this verse by heart, and that I would always remind myself saying, “Out of the abundance of my heart, my mouth speaks”. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Every word I write can be deleted or edited, but every word that comes out of my mouth can never be retrieved, and this is why I always tame my tongue. My mom always tells me and my brothers that our tongues can either speak of blessings or curses. I wasn’t cursed so why should I speak of curses, but I am blessed and loved, so I choose to speak of blessings and love; after all this is what overflows in my heart.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
This is my life verse for the year, actually, I call this the 3D – Dug, Down, Deep. I know this verse ever since that I can’t even remember when was the first time I heard this story, it was always part of the Gospel in Church. But I only find the meaning of this comparison from Jesus when I decided to take a shovel and tried to dig down into His words and find myself going deeper and deeper until I finally found the Rock, whom I build my life into. My construction is still not fully complete but I know my foundation is strong that no matter how many storms, flood, or heavy rains may come, I will never be shaken.