A MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Jesus Loves His Enemies
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons 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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Yes! Love your enemies!
I stand amazed how humankind responds in the wake of world calamities; earthquakes, mudslides, typhoons, etc. We see physical suffering and feel compassion to help in some way. No matter the religious beliefs, lifestyle, political view or economic status of the victims, we instinctively know the suffering must be unbearable. Response teams from a variety of backgrounds come together to find and rescue victims. Humanity, in all its diversity come together to relieve suffering. Racial, economic, and personal political barriers are torn down for the sake of saving others’ lives.
Yet in our ordinary every day lives we otherwise allow these barriers blind us from the deeper suffering in others’ souls. We can be cursed, mistreated, disrespected, threatened and judged for our beliefs, lifestyles, morals, etc. We may consider each other enemies. But the suffering is deep. There is a great need for acceptance and peace in the spirit for both parties.
The words of Jesus offer a way forward:
But I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.