Thursday, September 26, 2019

Love Those That Hurt You

26 September

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’  But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.   If you do this, you will be true children of your Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong.   (Mt 5:43–46; NCV)

It seems that when we look at this passage, we tend to focus on the first part where we are told to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  This is when I hear some say, "no one can do that."  They are dead wrong because God can and does do it.

God does not select who will and who will not receive his blessings, he leaves that up to each individual.  He gives freely to all, everything that he has, and all he asks is our love in return.  We could easily change the passage and have it say, "God loves those that persecute and hurt him."  Jesus showed this same quality.  He loves all those who hurt him, and he even asked the Father to forgive them because they did not know what they were doing.

If you are like me, we need to spend more time showing God 's love to those we come in contact with.  We are to be a reflection of Jesus, in all that we do and say, showing his love to everyone.


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