Matthew 5:44 – But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
We would all agree that loving our enemies does not come easily nor naturally. This is why Jesus commanded this kind of love from His followers, because loving your enemies is a matter of your will and not primarily of your emotions. Jesus powerfully demonstrated this kind of love upon the cross when He looked up to heaven and said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” You too will have to look up to the Father in order to love on those who hurt you, for only He can give you the strength to love in this way.
My challenge for you this week is to take the time to show as many people as you can that you are sincerely interested in their lives and what they are going through. Ask them more about how they are doing and what is happening in their lives instead of how much they are enjoying the weather. When the opportunity presents itself, ask them “What is the Lord showing you today?” By practicing on caring and loving on others, you will become more capable of loving even your enemies. May God bless your week.
Grace be with you,