You and Your Enemies( Those who oppose and persecute you)

 

You are to love and pray for your enemies and all who curse, hate, and mistreat you.

(Luke 6:27-28. NASB) But I say to you who hear, love your enemies. Do well to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

 

God’s law says: You should love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18-Thou shalt not avenge , nor bear grudge against the children of thy people , but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord). People make two serious mistakes in interpreting this law:

 

Ø      Some people say neighbor refers only to people of their community, religion, and nation. They do not include anyone else. In fact they shut out and cut off everyone else.

Ø      Other people renationalize that they are to hate their enemies. If God says: Love your neighbor , they reason and add , Hate your enemy ( those not their neighbor)

 

There is no question; human reasoning actually leads you to think you should oppose your enemy. But such thinking is not of God, and it is not what God knows to be best for the world: love, joy, peace  (Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering , gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law- KJV). The real meaning of the law to love involves four very practical acts:

 

Ø      Love your enemies.

Ø      Do good to those who hate you..

Ø      Bless those who curse you.

 

Praying for the persecutor will greatly benefit you. It will keep you from becoming bitter, hostile and reactionary.

 

God Bless you as we continue on this spiritual journey.