In a recent TV movie, a son asked his mother why she stayed with his father so long. Her response was simple, “You can hurt them back, avoid them, or love them.” By the look in her eyes, you could tell she had made the choice to love him, even when difficult challenges arose.
Jesus’ command to love our enemies has changed the hearts of many people, even those who grew up hating others. They ask themselves, “Who is this Jesus that wants us to love those who hate and kill us?” Studying Scriptures, they come face to face with a Savior who loved His enemies enough to die for them. In and through His sacrifice, some discover salvation and are brought into a life of sacrifice and service to Him.
Finding it easy to love our enemies cannot be done without the love of Christ within us. And if the offense has been great, the roots of hate may be so deep that it is even more impossible. Only by keeping the love Christ first showed us as our focus can it be done and the result for us will be freedom – a freedom from hatred and a power to love.
Dear Jesus, thank You for offering a source of forgiveness and an ability to love even my enemies. Open my heart to receive what You desire of me as I continue to live for You. Amen.