As we Christians go about our lives, one thing is prevalent in our faith. We love Christ, we love that he died for our sins, we love that he walks with us, comforting us, helping us, and guiding us. We love everything there is to do with Christ, at least in theory….
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 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.
Too many times we are quick to anger and hate. We use the word “hate” loosely. Jesus was trying to tell us that in everything that we do, we are to love the people around us. Even if that person is doing something wrong. Hate is the opposite of love. Since God is love, Hate is satan. If we allow ourselves to hate someone, we are not only breaking the commandments, but also summiting to satan. Hate is the total absence of love, but is just as strong of feeling and motivator. People will go to the ends of the earth for love, they will also go in vengeance and hate as well. One gives life, another takes it. Hate doesn’t destroy the one who is hated, just the opposite. Hate is designed to destroy the one hating, which makes them hate even more. Love brings the best to the surface so that all the bad can’t be seen. Hate hides all the good so that hate can grow stronger.
If hate is satan, and love is God, we have to get to the point where hate is never said or thought. If you obey God in every way and yet let hate in, you are breaking everything God has commanded. If you hate someone, for any reason, you hate Jesus and everything he stands for. As long as hate is in your life, you allow satan direct access to your heart.
I’m not saying you have to like everything; on the contrary, you have to be vigilant in the things around you that aren’t in Gods word. We are to point out those bad things that hold each of us back, and pray for those who need help changing. That is the only change in behavior we are to show towards each other. Going out of your way to avoid someone, yelling, or telling others is not what God had in mind. None of those things are things we want people doing to us. This is what Jesus was saying, we are all going to do things wrong and we are going to make people mad as a result. It’s how you handle yourself when these things happen that will show your true heart. Get mad, hate them for it, and follow satan, or show love, understanding, pray for them, and follow Jesus. It’s your choice!
- Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- Foundation of Discipleship 4 of 9 (bound4grace.wordpress.com)
- Is It Really Possible to Love Your Enemies?? (janetdolce.wordpress.com)