“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27-28 (NLT)
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:35-36 (NLT)
Loving your enemies is one of the most challenging things we can do as Christians. The Bible is clear as to why we should do good to the people that hate us. The Bible tells us that “he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.” It then goes on to say that we must be compassionate because God is compassionate. Here is the question – how many times have we been unthankful when God blessed us? Maybe you got a promotion on your job or God brought a resolution to a problem, but we either took credit for the outcome or forgot to give Him thanks. Let’s look at it from another perspective as it relates to wickedness. Have you ever been knowingly disobedient to God? Maybe there was something that you knew was wrong, but you chose to do it anyway. The Bible tells us that God is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. If God is kind and compassionate to us when we are unthankful and wicked, shouldn’t we be kind to other people who are unthankful and wicked? How can you show more love to your enemies today?