January 1, 2019, 6:41 PM

Love Your Enemies

Luke 6:27-28  "But I say to you who listen:  Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against evil.  And we always combat something with its opposite.  When something is wet, we combat it with a dry towel.  When something is dark, we combat it with a lamp.  When something is hot, we combat it with ice.  So then why on earth are we tempted, when someone is hateful to us, to combat them with more hatefulness?  That is akin to grabbing a soaking wet towel to clean up a puddle.  What if, when your house catches on fire, the fire department showed up with more matches rather than water?  The way to combat hate and evil is with love.  Think about it.  If someone is hateful to you, and your response is hateful back, that is the same thing as if your neighbor called you to cry out for help that their house was on fire, and their phone call caught your house on fire as well.  What everyone wants is for their house NOT to be on fire, so then you are of no help.  If you are to be of any help, you must respond to hate with love.  People may cry out in hate, but what everyone wants is love.  And what is love?  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us: Love is patient, love is kind, and so on.  And this is a command from Jesus to those who would hear: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you, because in doing so you help to extinguish hate and evil in the world.

We as Christians are called to do God's work.  And God is Love, so His work is love.  And His enemy is His opposite.  It makes no sense for us to act like our enemies.  The Bible says "We love because He first loved us."  Not because of any conditions met by others, or because they deserve it--we certainly didn't deserve His love--but because that is the example that He set for us; because that is who He is, and we are His disciples.