Love Your Enemies

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.’ (Matthew 5:44-45)

Sometimes, this can be hard to talk about because it is hard for us to do. It isn’t easy to love our enemies. However, it is the way that we are called to live as Christians and Jesus commanded us to.

In this passage, Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. But what does it mean to love your enemies? It really does mean loving the people that are hardest to love. Sometimes we can have a love that is calculated and measured! But that’s not the kind of love that God has for us- His love is unconditional and never changes in spite of what we do!

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies because it helps us to be like our Heavenly Father who is perfect and merciful- our goal as Christians should be to love like Him. To be like him we must love people- even people that are hardest to love. God loves us and we have to show that to others. This is what shows people around us that God is working on the inside of our hearts.  

Jesus is our example- He always loved on people – even the very people that others looked down on at the time. At the end of the chapter, Jesus says ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’ (Matthew 5:48) This doesn’t mean that we are perfect because we are human beings but it means that having a relationship with God enables us to become more Christlike. It is about a constant journey of being more like him.

How do we love our enemies? We cannot do it in our own strength, it is not something that comes easily to us as humans. We need the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in us in order to be able to love our enemies.

Why should we love our enemies? When we were still God’s enemies God demonstrated his love for us (Romans 5:8).
Loving our enemies also flows out of knowing love- God is love! When we have that close relationship and get to know Him intimately, it helps His love to flow out of us!

Take some time with God this week and ask him to work on the inside of you and help you to love others in the same way that He does!

- Shekinah Tagoe

Inward prayer: Father, thank you that you love me. Help me to know deeply and experience your love for me.

Outward prayer: Please fill me with you Holy Spirit and help me to love those who I find difficult.

1 Comment

Tomi - September 20th, 2021 at 3:18am

Pls work on me Holy Spirit until I have a heart that loves like you do.In Jesus name,Amen.