“35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”
The first statement of this verse could stand alone…”But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return…”. How often do we actually do this?
Think about who you would consider your enemy in this world. Son, is it a kid at school who is tough to handle? Honey, is it some customer service people who provide less than excellent service (the hospital billing department? LOL) For me, I think about people at work who are hard to deal with and always seem to be pushing against what we’re doing.
We may think of these people as enemies, but think about who COULD be an enemy…ISIS, people who hate Christians, in general, the world… We’re blessed to live in a place and time where there is little persecution in the American church. I believe that day will come, a day when we will be told we cannot worship and are told to conform or face punishment, yet for today we need to use this opportunity and freedom to show others Christ. When the day does come, we’ll see a whole new type of enemy in this world.
It doesn’t matter who the enemy is, God calls us to love them, to do good to them, to lend if needed and do not hope for a return payment, all things that are so very difficult to do when we find ourselves dealing with people we consider to be enemies.
How do you make that happen? Not so easy is it?
Well the best way I know how to do this is through prayer. We must let God guide us in the heat of the moment when tensions rise. When we’re put to the test, we need to first turn to God and ask for the Spirit to guide us, give us wisdom and the words to say.
Next time you’re in that situation, give it a shot. Stop what you’re doing and pray, it will go a long way to help you love that person.