Love your enemies….
In the comic strip Peanuts, Linus once explained, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” The English playwright, W. Somerset Maugham, similarly said: “I’ve always been interested in people, but I’ve never liked them.”
Perhaps you can identify with those sentiments. People can be rude, obnoxious, selfish, foolish, trying, vexing, and vicious. Some of them even fall into the “enemies” category–people who criticize us or try to take advantage of us. We naturally feel resentment, anger, fear, and even hatred.
Yet Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you….”
We can only do this on our knees. The person we most dislike is still a soul for whom Christ died. We don’t have to always agree with our critics or defer to our enemies, but loving unconditionally is simply letting the love of Christ flow through us like warm water through a pipe. The most unlovable person is the one who needs love the most. After all, if Christ loved us, He can help us love others.
So find someone you don’t like, and pray for them today!
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln ——from Turning Point