A brother on the other side of this world to me has a great post here.
As i read it it reminded me of something that crossed my mind earlier in my day.
‘Love your enemies – it drives them crazy!’
That comment we have probably all heard and maybe most have laughed with.
It was not until this morning however that i saw something new in it…
Whoever wrote that did not have a CLUE about Love.
There is nothing wrong with the command of Jesus to love your enemies – those who spitefully use you, who beat you, who persecute you. He said we are to pray for them – not exact revenge out of spite and hate.
Jesus loved those who placed Him upon the cross and forgave them – ‘for they know not what they do’.
They (the one’s who delivered Him to the Governor and demanded his death, when given every chance to reprieve him) knew exactly what they were doing – they were doing exactly what they wanted because of their own fear and prejudices – their own selfish need to be ‘right’ and prove Him, their ‘enemy’, ‘wrong’.
That thinking lives on today so obviously – and yet we who claim to know Him and believe Him can’t begin to see it in ourselves – or actually DO anything about bringing about the required, commanded ‘change’ and walk in His Way.
Loving your enemies will not drive them crazy – they are crazy enough already – that is the main reason they ARE your enemies, and seem to hate you for ‘no good reason’ other than they must just be filled with hate – so you hate them and cry out for ‘justice’ and to ‘blow them back to the stone age’.
Loving your enemies actually shows them your (His) love – it is a lot easier for THEM to love someone who loves them than it is to hate someone who loves them and shows it – especially when that love is backed up with actions that match.
But can any of us return love for ‘hate’? Can any of us be as Jesus and love someone who hates us enough to want us dead; love them enough to understand them and to offer them His solution – not our own selfish ones? Where we try to get what we want because we ‘know not what we do’?
Can any of us stop offering reasons why we don’t just long enough to start taking action and looking instead for reasons why we should… love our enemies?
Or shall we leave that up to someone else to do for us – or do first so we can stay just how we are untill we see others put into practice what we say we so strongly believe in??
OK – i’ve convicted me. i’ve looked at the way i think of and treat some people poorly and some ‘types’ and ‘classes’ of people the same… did i convict anyone else?
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