“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NLT)
The Jews despised the Romans because they oppressed God’s people, but Jesus told these people to love their enemies, which subsequently turned many away from Christ. Jesus wasn’t talking about having affection for enemies, but rather about an act of the will. You can’t “fall into” this kind of love—it takes conscious effort. Loving our enemies means acting in their best interests. We can pray for them, and we can think of ways to help them. Jesus loves the entire world and those who dwell therein, even though the world is in rebellion against God. Jesus tells us to follow His example by loving our enemies. Grant your enemies the same respect and love as you desire for them to have for yourself.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Love is an action and verb, not a feeling. As the author writes, it’s an act of will and not merely a feeling.
To resolve or achieve anything in this world requires an act of conscious willpower alteration and renewing. A few weeks ago I went to a business sermon with guest speaker, Dr Dave Martin. He made the statement:”the rest of my life is going to be the best of my life”. He heavily stressed the fact that if we do the same act, continuously we are going to get the same result. So if you want a better or different result, then you have to do things better or differently. You achieve that by learning new skills or gaining more knowledge. There are many ways to learn. Apply your mind to these things. Every day that you learn or are taught a new skill, you improve. By talking to your “enemies”, you will also be able to learn far more.
A key element is an act of will. You have to make a conscious decision, no matter what it is. It takes willpower. “Do something.”
“Lord thank you for love. Amen.”