Love Your Enemies

  • Matthew 5:44-45 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
  • Luke 6:27-28 … Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
  • Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
  • Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.

There’s only one option when it comes to enemies and that is to love. The Word asks you to pray for them, do good to them, bless them, lend to them without expecting to get anything back and to rejoice and be glad. “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Romans 12:20). God is amazing and His ways are higher than our ways. He knows that to use the power of love against your enemy will cause you to live in peace and joy. When you start blessing your enemies, your heart changes towards them and you begin to see them like your Father does. He loves us all. As you exercise the power of love, great will be your reward.

How to love your enemies:
  1. When someone persecutes you, insults you, falsely says all kinds of evil against you because you are a Christian, choose to love them. Crucify your flesh—what you may be feeling or thinking—and love your enemy. Pray for the individual, bless them and do good to them. If you start pondering the situation, you’ll convince yourself to be offended when you don’t have the right to according to the Word. Do what God asks and you can be free from the foothold of the devil (Ephesians 4:27).
  2. A gentle answer turns away wrath (Proverbs 15:1) so use one if needed to defuse a situation.
  3. Jesus chose love all the time. Do the same. Your reward will be great.
  4. The Word says to rejoice and be glad when we are insulted and persecuted because of Jesus. If you can’t do that, start praising your Father and ask Him to change your heart. You’ll find yourself rejoicing as you persevere in praise.

Call to action:
Start thinking of how you will react, or should I say not react, when an incident occurs that might frustrate you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you change a behavior pattern that doesn’t agree with the Word.