Love Your Enemies

We like to say love wins. And, yes it does. But perhaps saying it is not enough. It’s become an “us or them” world. Jesus knows we buy into love as the answer (after all we are the recipients of the greatest love) but that we tend to love narrowly. Jesus says:

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. Luke 6:32-36 MSG

Love our enemies? That’s difficult. But it’s what Jesus expects. Here’s a link to Ten Ways to Love Your Enemy - Tools for awakening patience, kindness, openness, and compassion in our relationships.  

Jesus promises we won’t regret it.

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