“Love your enemies”
Enemies….frenemies….people you just don’t like. We all have them in our lives; Taylor Swift even wrote a hit song about it! They are the people you unfriend on Facebook, or block from your Instagram. I deal with my enemies by either ignoring them or conjuring up ways that I will tell them off the next time I do see them. I can also spend way too much time going back on our last conversation, as I visualize all the things I should have said. All of us have been wronged by someone at one point or another, and our first reaction is usually to defend ourselves.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28
Jesus gives 4 commands regarding people who have hurt, mistreated or even hate us. He says to love them, do good towards them, bless them and pray for them. This is not an easy task, but Jesus is challenging us to not be like the sinners who love those who love them (Luke 6:32), but to be different from the world and it’s actions. If Christians do not act differently, how will we ever reach anyone? It is natural to want to seek revenge when we are hurt, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be obedient and choose to love them. We can replace the soundtrack of retaliation that plays in our head, with words of forgiveness.
What offenses are you holding against someone that you need to let go of? Pray that God softens your heart to forgive.