Have you read the words in Luke 6:27-36 lately? They are, I believe, some of the most difficult words Jesus says. I have a tough time putting these into action in my life. I need to do better. No excuses. No exceptions. What about you?
I would like to challenge you – my friends. Think of your enemy. Really. Identify your enemy. Name him or her or them. If you say you don’t have one you are being dishonest with yourself. Is it your neighbor? Your ex? Someone you work with? A person who bullied you? Someone who stole from you? Somebody who assaulted you or someone you love? A political party leader? A terrorist? A religion? Identify your enemy by name — and then read these words spoken by Jesus.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.” Luke 6:27-29
“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 Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:35-36
Have you given your enemy any gifts or money lately? Have you blessed them by doing something for them or helping them in some way? Have you truly prayed for their well-being or health or happiness recently?
I’ll say it again. These are some of the most difficult words from Jesus you will find. Lord, please help us to be more like You!