Love Your Enemies?


Are you kidding me?  Love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me?  Whatever happened to justice?  Or getting what you deserve?  Don’t you sometimes feel that others are not worthy of our love or our prayers?  Jesus teaches us today that if we desire to follow him we must set aside our natural impulse to seek revenge and to inflict harm on those who hurt us.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Jesus calls us to radical transformation.  He doesn’t want us to be a little more loving than we are now, he wants us to utterly and completely surrender to the command to love one another. It is sometimes hard to do, but so very important.

Love is an action that leads to grace.

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3 Responses to Love Your Enemies?

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Love Your Enemies by Kathleen Higham
    We all have been hurt before Unbelievable as it may seem,
    Those who sit and worship God Are sometimes painfully mean.
    It was hard to understand this When I first felt the Lord within,
    How could those that love God Be hurtful isn’t that a sin?
    Many years have passed since then And I wonder if I’ve hurt someone,
    The answer is yes I know it It’s God the Father and the Son.
    Oh how I wish it were not so Hurting all those that I love,
    Praying to change my foolish way For I answer to Him above.
    The religious type is not of God It’s the sinner type like me,
    And if you love Him completely He’ll open your eyes to see.
    That even though we are Christians We fail each other time and again,
    But when we come to worship Him Together we will all pray, Amen.
    So pray for those who hurt us And love them at any cost,
    Then God will do a work in you If you bring to Him the lost.
    Religious type or sinner type Or even a Christian like me,
    Love the ones that hurt you Only then will your heart be free.

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    Praise god for his grace when we fail to accomplish this task. Though it is much easier in the long run to do this, it is not always easier in the moment.

  3. Nancy Novicki says:

    I have been working on this for a long time and I’m sure I will be working
    on it for quite a while to come! But I am trying!

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