“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Matthew 5:44 NLT
The law of love, sometimes called “law of Christ,” summarizes the ethical principle of the Sermon on the Mount. “Love they neighbor” summarizes the entire second table of the law (Lev. 19:18-34). But the unscriptural addition “hate thine enemy” was a popular concept in Jesus’ day.
The admonition “Love your enemies” is one of the greatest statements Jesus made. The love enjoined in this passage is love that originates from God Himself. Man is not commanded to attempt to love his enemy on the basis of mere human affection but rather on the basis of a love that comes from God. The quality of love commanded here is expressed by giving.
“Bless them” that curse you, “do good” to them that hate you, and “pray” for them that persecute you. Loving an enemy involves doing good toward that enemy in order to win him over to Christ.
The fundamental thing I learnt after being saved and taking my step towards salvation was selflessness. There is no room for self when you are a Christian. Just the other day we spoke about the most important commandment. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. The second most important, love your neighbor as yourself.
The commentator speaks of love from God. True love comes from God only. We are not to rely on human affection. Have you experienced that deep Godly love, I have. There was a distinct difference in the way I approached things. It’s like your Job, do you love it? If you don’t at least do it to Glorify God. I can assure you something else will come.
“Love your enemies” these words describe exactly how we should love. Love unconditionally. Before reading the Bible could you even imagine loving your enemy. Now that thought never crossed your mind. You never considered it?
Well let me say it happens you start loving like you never have before. You will start doing good to people who you disliked. I never thought I would, it happens.
“Lord make me love. Let me help my enemies. Holy spirit work in me to make my heart soft. In Jesus name. Amen.”