One of the most difficult commands for Christians is written in the Word of God. It has to do with “showing love to your enemies”. At least once, each human being has experienced unjust suffering at the hands of another person, and yet Jesus is very clear that we are to love those who hurt and mistreat us.
The whole world is based on the idea of revenge against the enemy. However, Jesus reverses the entire system.
We know it is not an easy task, Jesus knows as well. That’s why He has given us the ways for us to accomplish successfully this command.
“ I say to you who hear, 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)
Do good to those who hate you.
Doing good is an action, and we should be ready and willing to do kind things to those who could care less about us. Actions speak loudly and kindness toward someone who is being nasty can be a way of showing them the undeserved kindness of God.
Bless those who curse you.
We tend to give very little thought to this part of the verse. We read over it without it leaving much of an impression on our hearts and actions. Bless those who curse you is all about how we speak to those who hurt us and how we speak about them when they are not around. Does venom pour out of our mouths? Are we bitter? Are we nice to their faces but say things like “I can’t stand her”, “I hope she get’s what she deserves” behind their back?
Bless those who curse you requires that we speak well to and about those who hurt us, make fun of our faith and belittle what we love.
They, in whose tongues is the law of kindness, can give good words to those who give bad words to them.
Pray for those who mistreat you.
Jesus does not give us any loopholes. We have been told that we are to love our enemies through action and through words, but we can’t stop there. We are also called to pray for them, and for many of us this is the last thing we want to do.
But God has chosen to use prayer as a means of bringing about His will, and it is through prayer that people can be changed.
We should pray that God will grab hold of their hearts and change them from God haters into God lovers, so they can no longer be your enemies and become your brother or sister.
If you are in obedience to what God wants you to do in regard to this command, everyting is going good with your enemies because sooner or later, God’s mercy and love will be shown to them and the light of Christ light their lives up.