Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you» (Luke 6:27, 28).
Would you like to know the secret of loving your enemies? One word—forgive. God’s forgiveness seems to know no bounds. He forgave Adam and Eve for nibbling on forbidden fruit, Moses for smacking the rock in anger, King David for arranging the death of the husband of the woman he was lusting after, the prostitute Mary for . . . well . . . you know, and Paul for making life miserable for the early Christians. Jesus even forgave the soldiers who were crucifying Him while they were doing it!
The reason Jesus and our heavenly Father can forgive so much is that They love us infinitely more than They hate what we do. They’re also providing a clear, powerful example of how we’re supposed to forgive others. That’s right! They expect us to be as forgiving as They are—especially to our enemies.
Let’s say there’s a guy (or girl) at school that’s making your life miserable. He’s on your case constantly, spreading false rumors, getting you into trouble with the teachers, and basically being a bully. The problem you face is not what the person is doing, but how you’re reacting to it. If you decide, «Hey, I’m going to forgive this person in spite of his actions,» your reactions will become different, and thus his effect on you will be different as well. Get it?
When you love your enemies, you’re really making life easier on yourself. Try it today.