Jesus commands that we love our enemies

By: Lisa Wilmore

To the saints of God,

Wow! God has done it once again. He has given us another chance to do what pleases him and not ourselves. I was most excited to see the sunlight come up this morning and know that he has shared another day with this servant of God. Aren’t you elated that you are able to move about your home and bask in his many blessings? Well, I am. “Thank you God for another day!”
Not only did he bless us with a new day, but he also extended his kindness to persons who despise and reject him. Yes, my friends, God loves people who do not love him.
There are people in this world who have made it a life adventure to destroy the message of what Jesus has done for us. His enemies are far greater than our adversaries. But he loves them and commands that we love them, also.
My friends, God truly understands our frustrations and disappointments when we are mistreated by individuals who hate us for no reason. As a matter of fact, people can be cruel, thoughtless, and even conniving at times. They may cause unwanted tears and heartaches in our lives. Yet, Jesus requires us to love them with the love in which he has for us. So, I am compelled to remind some and enlighten others of what Jesus taught the Jews during their oppression by the Roman government. Jesus said, “But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you…for if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. But love ye your enemies, and do well, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil” (Luke 6: 27-33 KJV).
I can only imagine what was going on in the minds of the Jews during the time that Jesus taught them about loving their enemies. The Romans were true enemies of the Jews and loving them perhaps was not on the Jews agenda. However, Jesus seized the opportunity to teach them how to treat those persons who mistreated them. We must adhere to his teachings, love, do good, bless, and pray.