“And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:47
Our lives are expected to look different from non-believers. If we only show as much love and grace as those who don’t have faith, they won’t feel convicted or challenged. They won’t be curious or attracted to God. We won’t achieve this level of compassion and care by our own willpower. Even our best efforts, won’t work this change into our lives. Rather it requires our cooperation, as God works in our lives from the inside out.