Love Your Enemies (by Nicole Boswell)
How does the world tell us to treat those who differ from us? How are we trained to respond when someone hurts us or puts us down? We are told by just about everyone to return evil with evil. You hate on me, I’m going to tell everyone what you did and all the bad things you have done to me, and I'm going to hold a grudge against you forever. This is how the world tells us to behave.
I came across these two quotes on social medial and thought they were worth considering:
“David was Saul’s enemy, but Saul was not David’s. Saul’s hate couldn’t make David hate. In a world of Sauls, be a David.”
“Jesus treated Judas so well that none of His disciples were able to detect that it was Judas who would betray Him. Now that’s what I call loving your enemies.”
Saul sought David’s life. Saul threw a spear at David while David was playing the harp for him. Saul pursued David to kill him throughout the course of many years, but through it all David returned good for evil. David came back to offer his king help with the wars. David did not treat Saul as his enemy. He treated him with love and respect. It was the same with Jesus. Jesus knew Judas would betray him. He knew it would be because of Judas that He would be captured and crucified. Yet Jesus treated Judas as a brother. The disciples could not tell Judas was a betrayer by the way Jesus treated him. Jesus did not talk badly about Judas behind his back. He didn’t go around telling the other disciples what Judas was going to do. Jesus didn’t ignore Judas or treat him badly. Jesus gave Judas the same love and kindness as He did the other disciples.
“In a world of Sauls, be a David.” We need to make sure we are treating our “enemies” with love and respect. . . so much so that others cannot tell that they are our enemies. Luke 6:27-36. There is so much in this passage that I personally need to learn from. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who abuse you… Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” Let’s make sure we are loving and praying for those who disagree with us and hate us. LOVE and DO NOT hate in return!!!
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