Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Loving Those Who Do Not Love Us Back

For most of us, loving our loved ones comes easily and naturally. We may have disagreements and misunderstandings, but we still love them. I remember when I first told my wife Tricia that I loved her. 

And when our children were born, we immediately loved them. There is something about a newborn baby that seems to bring an instant love for him. It is a blessing to have people in our lives to love and to love us back.

But what about those who do not love us? In fact, they cannot stand us, they are our enemies.

Jesus says, in Matthew 5:44(NKJV) “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Believe me, this is something that we cannot do on our own. The natural instinct is to get them back for the wrong they have done to us.

However, we are to leave room for the Lord to move.

Romans 12:19(NKJV) “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

Even though it is very difficult to do, as believers, we are called to love our enemies.

The bible does say in Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV1984) “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

So is there anyone you would like to dump some hot coals on?

Maybe you should try to love him instead.

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