Love Your Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love
your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and
on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect,
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
It is easy to live under the premise of "love your neighbor and hate your enemy". In yesterday's reading, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek.
Today he shows what we are to be like. After all, they will know we are Christians by our love... right? Well, Jesus teaches us today that we are to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your
Father who is in heaven." This is not a suggestion, but what Jesus expects. He ends today's reading with "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." We are to imitate the Father. After all, Jesus died for ALL
people, regardless to color, ethneticity, or creed.
I pray: O Lord, I know when I look in the mirror at myself, I know that I do not love my enemy as I should. Help me to love all people,
regardless of color, background, or creed. Help me to love those who hate me and persecute me. It is easy to love those who are like me or believe the way I believe. Help me to love all people. Amen.