But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…
Loving your enemies is one of those Christian sayings we have heard countless times, we assuredly agree with it as the Word of God and yet most of us probably don’t give it the attention it deserves in our lives.
How do we reconcile these words of Jesus with our lives?
Love my enemies? Really Jesus??
Jesus tells us enemies are real, they are a fact of life, not every one is going to be your friend. This is not some unrealistic, far off, off with the fairies Jesus. This Jesus, God in the flesh of a man, who understands life. I love that!
You’re going to have enemies. How you deal with them is the issue. And how you deal with your enemies is how you’re going to show the world you belong to me.
Jesus says “love your enemies … so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”
It is when we love our enemies we show we are sons of God.
Everyone has enemies in this world. But not everyone is a son of our Father God, who calls us to a different way of life.
Sons are meant to imitate and carry the attributes of their Father. How does our Father treat us in our failings? Sons of God don’t get what they deserve. Sons of God have access to forgiveness and Grace. Sons of God are pardoned because of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is saying, when you deserved the full wrath of God, I showed you love. Now go and do the same to the people who deserve the same in your life.
Love your enemies, Son.