“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same”. Luke 6:32-33
We just come to a place where we can say that the love of Christ has empowered us to tolerate and even love people who we otherwise could never have loved and tolerated. It might be your Dad who was never kind to you, or that colleague at work who never seeks your good. Whilst we may dislike the ill manner with which they treat us and people, we can ensure that we never go so far as to withhold good from them when they need it.
I know this wouldn’t always be something easy to do. But the Lord Jesus gives a powerful perspective: ““If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them”. Our response isn’t solely about these people and what they do. It is about Christ and who he has made us. Our response shouldn’t only be about the kindness we expect from them in return. It should be about the reward we will receive from God. And so he says: Luke6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil”.
It’s easier to love your enemies when you remember that God sees and rewards your actions. We have passed from death to life. We are capable of loving the unlovable. Unconditional love is a fruit of our spirit. We cannot be unforgiving.
Pray for someone who consistently treats you or someone you know poorly. Pray that they will come to know, believe and receive the love that God has for them. Make a verbal decision to love them when/if you see them today.