Verse of the Day
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you… [Matthew 5:44 – NKJV]
“Love your enemies” has to be the most difficult of all of Jesus’ commandments for us to understand, much less obey. As we grow in our faith, we start to get where Jesus is coming from, but it’s difficult to put the concept into practice. After all, there are people who just rub us the wrong way and a few whom we just can’t stand. This is the kind of love that requires a total transformation of our hearts. We have to learn to love fully and completely.
In Luke 10:29, a lawyer asks Jesus “[W]ho is my neighbor?” Jesus responds by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Jesus is teaching us that everyone is our neighbor, including our enemies. When we grasp what Jesus is saying and take it to heart, a concept that was once nonsensical to us becomes clear. The command to love our enemies is really a corollary to loving your neighbor. So, like the Good Samaritan, let’s show mercy and compassion to everyone we meet.