But I say unto you which hear, 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
Do you have enemies? Do some people hate you? Does anyone curse you? Have you ever been despitefully used? What is the natural response to any of these situations? Fighting, backbiting, back stabbing, blackballing, revenge – wrapped up in a lot of emotional baggage including anger, sadness, feelings of rejection and hurt – big time hurt.
Doesn’t the natural response to this sound… well – draining? It sounds like it would take a huge toll on you not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. God wants us to love enemies, do good to the ones who hate us, bless the ones who curse us and pray for the ones who despitefully use us. God’s way is the best way. He wants us to give it all to HIM and let it go. Put it in His capable hands because He is able to deal with a person’s heart and soul. He can discern motives and speak to them without interjecting emotions into the mix. The sooner we turn those individuals over to God and pour all sorts of good out on them (which, trust me, will confuse them – it’s funny to watch), the sooner we will be free on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. Freedom is what our faith is all about – and forgiveness. You can’t experience God’s freedom without forgiveness. Once we make a practice of handing all of that stuff over to God, we’ll find true happiness in our journey!
God is so smart – He wants to help us through life by carrying our burdens for us. I’d definitely call a person who hates me a burden, wouldn’t you? God knows that not everyone in life is going to be a fan of ours – or His. Sometimes we make enemies because of our faith in God through Christ. Sometimes we are hated because of our way of life, morals and values. Our beliefs are not popular, to say the least… some people don’t understand where we’re coming from. We really don’t want to make that misunderstanding even worse by reacting to them in a way that doesn’t please our Lord, do we? It’s not easy, but we need to remember that through Christ, we can do anything! We won’t get it right every time, but God really wants us to do our very best. 🙂