Luke 6:27–36 (ESV)
Love Your Enemies
27 “But I say to
you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 “If you love those who love
you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit
is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful
and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
These are tough words... “Love your enemies”. This is not an erotic love, but a Godly love to want what is best for them.
In fact, you are to do good to those who hate you. To make his point, Jesus says that if someone strikes you cheek, don’t strike him back, but turn your other cheek so they can strike it too. We are to go the extra mile. This is not
lip service, but Jesus calling us to active living, to walk the walk. Anyone can love those who already love you, but we are called to a higher standard to love those who hate you. We are to do this out of love, not obligation. You should
not expect, want, or ask for anything in return. We are to live a life of mercy.
I pray: Lord, it is easy to love those who love me, help me to love those who hate me or persecute me. Help
me to be grateful for the love that God shares with me and to share it with all others, even those who persecute me. Help me to not do out of seeking brownie points, rewards, recognition, ... but to simply do it out of love. Amen!