Love Your Enemies
Scripture: Luke 6:27-36 NIV
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.
Jesus is speaking. Are you listening? He knew that some weren’t listening then and some won’t listen now. Personal interactions are complicated, especially if the two people consider themselves to be enemies.
Then Jesus makes a statement that turns the world on end: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you and treat others as you want to be treated. The perception is that Jesus wants us to treat our enemies better than we treat our friends. In doing so, we are rewarded greatly and show the world that we are children of the Most High God. Because He is merciful, and we are made in His image, we are to demonstrate mercy to others, even those we like the least.
- Jesus is speaking to you. Are you listening?
- Is there someone you hate, someone who has mistreated you? Love them like Jesus loves you.
- God is merciful, and as His children, we are to show mercy to others.
- There is no merit in loving those who love you. The real blessing comes when we love the unlovable.
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, open our ears and minds so that we hear you speaking to us and begin processing those things that are important to you. Give us your kind of love as we deal with the people you have placed in our paths. Remind us that you require two things of us: to love You with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (see Matthew 22:37) Change our hearts and condition us to be more like You. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.”
By: Cathy Biggerstaff
CATHY BIGGERSTAFF writes children’s literature, Christian devotions and poetry. She is published in Pearls of Promise, a Devotional Designed to Reassure You of God’s Love, Mature Living Magazine, ChristianDevotions.us, and is a guest blogger. Cathy is the Director of The Encouragers Christian Writers Group and is on the leadership team for Write2Ignite! Writers Conference. She is also known as “Jewel the Clown” in a Christian clown ministry and uses this unique method to reach people for Christ. Join Cathy as she blogs her “Joyful Journey” at http://www.cathybiggerstaff.blogspot.com and contact her at email@example.com