Love for Enemies
27“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.31Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.36You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
This is the Christian principle that changed the world. These are the Christian actions that spreads the Gospel with greater effect than any sermon. These are the actions that go hand in hand with our faith. Faith without these actions isn’t true faith in Jesus at all. Faith with these action puts you hand in hand with Jesus. Being hand in hand with Jesus is walking with Jesus…to his cross…to your cross…to his tomb…to your tomb…to his resurrection…to your resurrection.
Lord, give me the courage to take your hand.
Get ready for the nail.