Love Your Enemies

Jesus told us to love our enemies. Why?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to 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.” Jesus, in Matthew 5:43-45.

God loves your enemies, just as He loves you. These are not idle platitudes.  They come from one who knew He would be betrayed and murdered after a rigged trial at night. While hanging on a cross, bleeding out for the sins of even His accusers, He said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

You don’t know what you’re doing, either, when you pack the court of public opinion and join the mob calling for the scalp of someone you don’t know. You need to know that you are trying to cancel the forgiveness of the sins of your enemy, but you cannot. By doing so, you only cancel your own. By judging them, you bring judgment on yourself. 

“In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Be reconciled to God by believing in what Christ has done for you. Be reconciled to your enemy by extending the same mercy to him.

If you already believe in who Jesus is and what He did for you, remember that you are an ambassador from the kingdom of God, proclaiming peace with God through Jesus Christ. You are not at war with other humans, but against the false gods of this world who have blinded those who do not yet believe.

Donald Marsh ©2020

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