Really? Love your enemies. How? What does that even look like. Who are my enemies? I think the point is that the love Christ calls us to is different. Our love is not based on the object of our love. It is based on who we are and whose we are. God is good to us because, He is good. God is loving to us because He is love.
So do we love our enemies because we “feel” love toward them. No, we love our enemies, because the love of God has changed our heart. We have a capacity to love that is supernatural. We love them because of who we are. And we are sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who is loving and gracious.
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
We were once enemies of God ourselves. How did God treat us?
10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
So let’s bring it home. If God calls us to love our enemies, how might we treat those who are closest to us. When we are having an argument with a spouse, child or sibling, what should that look like? Could we, like Christ humble ourselves and put the interest of others ahead of ourselves.
I’ve often said that we treat the people we are closest to the worse than anyone. I believe that the love that Christ wants us to share with the world is developed in our relationships at home. So we are first to be ministers at home. We learn to serve our family, our friends, our coworkers, our acquaintances, the lost and needy and then even our enemies.
Love our enemies, yes… because that is who we are becoming in Christ.
Once an enemy, now redeemed,