“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Matthew 5:43-44
This teaching of Jesus sounds really nice. Love your enemies. What could be so hard about that? It sounds so easy when we read what Jesus is saying. When we really start to think about this verse and how we can apply it to our life. It becomes the hardest thing that we can do. This is the way with most of the Sermon on the Mount. Reading it is one thing, but putting it in action is entirely something that we will have to think hard about. It is an easy thing to do if you have no enemies. I don’t know of many of us that does not have some people that we just don’t like and they don’t like us. It seems the more we are involved in the world around us, we find that we have more enemies. Jesus tells us to not only love our enemies, but to pray for them. Pray for the ones that persecute you, pray for the ones that curse you, do good to those who hate you. Unless Jesus can remake you from the inside out, these words of Jesus is not worth the paper they are written on.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:12-13) The Sermon on the Mount is a good example of what God’s word can do, it cuts us deep and it bring us to a closer walk with God. It brings us closer to being formed in the image of Jesus Christ.
“Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” (John 3:5-6) This is the only way that we can love our enemies the way Jesus is telling us. We must be a new creation with Jesus living in our heart and allowing Him to love others through us.
When you do love your enemies, you know that God has done a tremendous work in your life and everyone else knows it too.