“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44 NLT)
5:43, 44 – By commanding us to refrain from retaliation, Jesus keeps us from taking the law into our own hands. By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good.
The Pharisees interpreted Leviticus 19:18 (“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”) as a teaching that they should love only those who love in return, and interpreted Psalms 139:19-22 and 140:9-11 as them having to despise the enemies who opposed them. However, Jesus says we are to love our enemies too.
If you love your enemies and treat them with the love of God, you will truly reflect the love of Jesus and thus acknowledge to God, yourself and others that He is Lord of your life. This is possible only for those who surrender themselves entirely to God, because only he can deliver people from worldly selfishness. We must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us mirror God’s love to those whom we may not feel love for(Tyndal Study Bible)
Rather share, help and care for others. I work in an environment where sharing is not part of one’s daily routine. Sales is a dog-eat-dog environment. We are all chasing the same bone – which is merely a reflection of life itself.
One cannot assume that one’s colleagues will just hand out sales to anyone else. The opponent is not going to give up and just let another salesman win the battle. I am sure you have heard the expression, “win or lose gracefully.” It is a very admirable trait in people, especially considering how difficult it is to lose gracefully. I really struggle with it a lot of the time. The key is to strive for the quality, as grace is available to all.
Can you image applying the “love your enemies” principle? You will certainly stand out. “Now that is a good man,” people will say. How many times can you honestly say people have said that about you? It’s these qualities and principles that count. The life lessons and principles I learn from the Bible have contributed to my most outstanding achievements as a Christian thus far. I can’t stop wanting to tell people about them. Trust me, I fall short of the GLORY of God. But I never stop trying. Real failure is when one stops trying.
I heard the most amazing words the other day – “success is what you do with your current circumstances.”
Love your enemies – Wow.