“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 children 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-48).
God works through our weaknesses. One of our weaknesses is loving people who hate us. For whatever reason, they want nothing to do with us, talk us down, and sometimes even go out of their way to make life miserable for us. I have read many accounts through Voice of the Martyrs where people are brutalized or killed and the victim or family forgive the one who caused the assault and actually show love to them. This is love empowered only by God. There is not a love in this world that can compare to that. It reminds me of how Jesus was crucified, yet he asked his Father to forgive them for they didn’t know what they were doing. I think that’s true for anyone who hates another or does evil against them. They truly don’t realize the big picture ramifications. They don’t understand the love God has for them.
What is our reaction? Humanly, we want to strike back at someone who hits us. When we allow God’s Spirit to work through us at those moments by not striking back and being kind to them, it is noticed. This is so unique in today’s world that it is taken in by all who witness—even the aggressor. God’s glory is lit up for all to see. How will they respond? That is unknown and not really your concern. Your response is your responsibility.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that I can plug into your supernatural love as I relate to people. Those who I find more difficult may your love shine even brighter. Amen
Faith Tip: Today in your interactions with people, see who God has put in your path to be extra intentional to show his love.