Read this on the front page of the October 26, 2014 Ikthus Sunday Guide and just wanted to share.
LOVE YOUR WORST ENEMIES
This perhaps is one of the more difficult commands of our Lord. It is easy to love people we like, but to love the unlovable seems impossible. Can you love the person who bullies you in school? Can you love the neighbor who spreads rumors about you? Can you love the friend who has swindled you?
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” – Matthew 5:44-45
As the verse says, God loves even these “bad people”. God loves both good and bad people. Both enjoy equal amount of sunshine, both freely inhale the air, both good and evil are allotted space in this earth.
God is very specific in His instruction on how we deal with our enemies:
Love them, and pray for them. By God’s grace alone will you be able to do that. Ask the Lord for the strength and for the spirit of forgiveness. When you pray for your enemies, pray that they will know Christ, so they may be transformed towards having Christ-like values. Don’t retaliate to your enemies. God your Father, knows how you feel and in His own time, in His own way, He will give what is due to the other person.
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