Many Christians live the Gospel as if it’s simply a fairy tale or cute story that’s been passed down through the ages. Yet if we truly believe that God’s Word is our final authority, we will live out every command-including God’s command in Luke 6. Believing the Bible is easy when people agree with you, but it becomes more difficult when critics question your faith.
Loving friends is easy. You agree with them on most things, enjoy the same hobbies, listen to each other’s problems, and help out when needed. But one of the toughest things to do is love those who hate you.
Human nature tells us to return hatred, to seek revenge, and to despise our enemies. Yet God calls for us to love our enemies: “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”(Luke 6:27-28) God doesn’t call you to tolerate your enemies or even ignore them. He calls for you to love them.
Just as you love your friends who minister to you, love your enemies who tear you down. Do good to them. Provide for their needs. Pray for God’s blessings in their lives. Speak encouraging words to them. Treat them as kindly as you would your best friend.
How do you treat your enemies? Ignoring critics and enemies takes great strength. Yet God wants you to go beyond that and love them. Thank God for your enemies. Thank God for the ability to display His love and kindness to those who wish you harm.
Do you really believe God’s Word? Do you seek to obey God’s commands? God has commanded you to love others, even those who purposefully hurt you. Rather than seeking revenge or even ignoring those who hurt you, go out of your way to love them, showing Christ’s love through your response. (Dr. Paul Chappell)