Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]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, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
One of the things that the bible tells us over and over again is that God is love. Why should we love our enemies? Our key verse tells us so that we may be sons of our father in heaven. Being sons of our father in heaven means that we take on his nature. He makes the sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain to the just and the unjust.
When we love our enemies it shows that we are different than those in the world.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your [p]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [q]tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is.
God expects us to love our enemies because we are different from those in the world. We carry his very nature, the nature that exudes unconditional love.
The Bible tells us that the best and most effective way to counter evil is by doing good. When we do good to our enemies it’s like heaping hot coals on their head.
Romans 12:17- 21
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[e] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
What is the hardest thing about loving your enemies?
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is the natural inclination that we have. The bible on the other hand tells us that we overcome evil by doing good. What are your thoughts on these two contrasts?
Feeding your enemy when they are hungry and feeding them is like heaping coals of fire on their head. What does that mean to you?