Love Your Enemies

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Daily God Walk for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Love Your Enemies

Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. – Luke 6:35-36

I think this passage carries this love thing just a little bit too far. Love my enemies? How can they be my enemy if I love them? That is a real conundrum. Can a person really be my enemy if I love him?
That may be the point. Others may want to be my enemy, but we make it very difficult for them when we give them kindness instead of responding to their assaults and insults with the same as they give us.
We can all agree that it is very difficult, if not impossible to love those who treat us as enemies. It looks like that is another point Jesus is making. He is giving us a task that is impossible for us to perform in our own ability just to see if we will trust him to work his will through us.
I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to love my enemies. At least in my own abilities. So what is Jesus trying to tell us?
If it is impossible to do this in our natural self perhaps Jesus is trying to tell us that we must depend upon the supernatural nature of the Christ in us. If God is love, as it says in 1 John, and if God truly does live in us, then wouldn’t it carry that our new nature, our God-nature, would also be love?
Maybe this whole “love your enemy” thing is a test to see if we are still living in our old nature or if we are living in our new nature. That is something to think about.

Prayer: Lord, all too often I find myself having less than loving affection for my enemies. Grant me the grace of full surrender to your nature so I can fulfill this command of Christ to love my enemies. In Jesus name, amen.
Do you find it easy to love your enemies?It is hard for most of us. Let us know how you handle this command to love your enemies. Do you have an interesting story – tell us about it in the comments section.

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2 Responses to “Love Your Enemies”

  1. 1 Paul Smith February 23, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I think the two, loving and forgiving, are connected. If you love with God’s love, you will forgive. And, it is very difficult to forgive, the way God forgives us, without God’s love being the enabling factor.

  1. 1 Is Forgiving and Loving Your Enemy Two Different Issues? | Godsson1's Blog Trackback on February 23, 2013 at 4:44 am

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