It’s easy-peasy to love those who love and care for you; no sweat to love who you admire. Now, what about loving those against you and doing good to those who hate you. Now, that’s wearisome. Christ said:
Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… Matt 5:43-44
This teaching astounds me all the time. I’m always like -“how’s this possible?”. However, God calls us to do so. You see, it’s natural to return evil for evil but supernatural to do good to an evil one. In essence, it requires a higher power to do good to one that hates you. God calls us to do the exact opposite of what a natural response to ugly situations would be. Praying for someone who despises you is definitely not a natural response. It’s very much supernatural. It’s time we lived the scriptures.
Love Is A Choice.
I cannot overemphasize this. Just because Jesus taught us to love; and you have the Holy Spirit in you, doesn’t mean that you’ll instantly love those for or against you. You have to decide to do it and thereafter, you can key-into the Grace of God given to do so. Apostle Paul told the people from Colosse to let the peace of God rule in their hearts. This means that we have a part to play and that is to “let Him” Col3:15. Note that, those seemingly against you may be among the fold of Christ. However, Christ said -“pray for them”.
There’s nothing distinctive about loving those who love you or greeting your brother in Christ ’cause every other person does the same. Since Christ calls us to be distinctive, go out of the norm and exchange pleasantries with that wayward brother with the aim of being a light to his world. This is something I also struggle with. However, I believe I’ve improved.
Why Love Everyone?
“that you may be sons of your father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, sends rain on the just and on the unjust”. Matt 5:45.
God who’s good to all; just to all; faithful to all, has called us to do the same. To be perfect as He is perfect. That way, we’ll be identified as His sons; as products of Him. Pray for that person who always gets under your skin. Moreover, I’ve discovered that I tend to understand people more when I pray for them. Let people see you and identify you as Christ’s own. Live the scriptures!
How have you dealt with hate in the past? I’d love to know in the comment section.