Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Matthew 5:43-45

It makes no sense for a person to love his or her enemies. It’s not natural, nor is it desired. But that is what we are commanded to do: love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

To the world this may seem like weakness, but to those who practice know it to be strength. Think about it. Does it not take strength to pray for someone who has hurt you? Is not strength required to deliver a meal to a family who has lost a loved one when that family has been nothing but rude to you for many years?

Does it not take great strength to love the family of the child who tries to bully your child?

When a Christian loves his or her enemies and prays for those who bring persecution, God is honored. It’s tough. It’s frustrating. But, it’s also commanded.

So today, no matter what you face or how you feel, remember the words of Jesus: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:44-45

What has been your experience with loving your enemies? We would love to hear your stories!

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