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Faith & Life: Do You Love Your Enemies?


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Do You Love Your Enemies?

Putting God’s Love into Practice in Your Life

by J.M. Troppello


“Everyone has natural affinities; some people we like and others we do not like. We must never let those likes and dislikes rule in our Christian life. ‘If we walk in the light as God is in the light,’ God will give us communion with people for whom we have no natural affinity.” – Oswald Chambers


That’s a powerful quote from Oswald Chambers. There are people I connect with and enjoy spending time with them. As with all people, there are some individuals that clash with others just because they don’t have that natural affinity toward each other.


Yet, God has called Christians to love everyone even – and especially – your enemies. Take a look at this passage from Matthew 5:43-48. It’s a well-known Scripture where Jesus shared that believers should love their enemies.


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]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, 45 that you may be sons of your Father 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. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your [b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [c]tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48, NKJV)

I can attest to the fact that it’s not always been easy to love unlovable people in my life. When I’ve ignored God’s leading and failed to walk in love to those who I considered annoying, hurtful, and unlovable, I felt such a disconnect between me and God. However, in those times when I asked God to help me love those people, my connection with Him was so much better. It felt good to choose God’s way and not my own way.


Now, I want to be clear that I understand how difficult it is to love people who have severely hurt you. I have forgiven those people. I have no animosity toward them. But, I don’t have a day-to-day relationship with them. That would be too painful. However, by choosing to give that pain to God and allowing Him to work through me, those hurts no longer rule my life.


I love the note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible about verse 45 that says, “To be a ‘son of’ was to be like someone or something. That you may be sons of your Father in Heaven means ‘that you may be like the Heavenly Father who displays His love without discrimination.”


God does love without discrimination.


That is such an important truth.


Do I love without discrimination? Do you love without discrimination? Hopefully, this is something we all can meditate on today.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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