Why Am I To Love Those Who Hate Me?

Why Am I To Forgive Those Who Hate Me?
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
November 11, 2023

Jesus teaches us a profound lesson about love and kindness. He says, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matthew 5:44-45).

These words of Jesus challenge us to accept a radical form of love beyond our natural inclinations. It's easy to love those who love us back, but Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He encourages us to love those who oppose, mistreat, or hold different beliefs. Though challenging, our response to adversity reveals our true character.

When we choose to love our enemies, we align ourselves with the very nature of God. He shows no partiality and pours out His blessings upon all, regardless of their actions or intentions. The sun rises, and the rain falls on the evil and the good alike. As children of our heavenly Father, we are called to imitate His unconditional love and grace.

By loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us, we break the cycle of hatred and revenge. We become agents of reconciliation and transformation. Our actions speak louder than words, and they have the power to change hearts and minds.

Our commitment to love and forgiveness is a powerful testimony in a world often marked by division and hatred. It's not always easy, but with the help of God's Spirit, we can overcome our natural inclinations and choose the path of love.

Let us welcome the challenge that Jesus presents to us. We should learn to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. By doing so, we can become true children of our Father in heaven. In this way, we reflect His love to a broken world and become instruments of His peace.

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