"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."
We all know that love is not expressed the same way towards everyone. We love our friends in a certain way, our children and other family another way, and our spouses still another totally different way. But how do we love our enemies? Is it even possible to do such a thing?
After saying "...love your enemies", Luke 6:35 says "do good to them". It is hard to do good to someone who knowingly wants to cause nothing but harm, but this is what is asked of us as followers of Christ, and this is the example Christ left for us. In the garden of Gethsemane, the religious people came to arrest Jesus. As the disciples tried to defend Jesus, one of them cut the ear of one of the servants of the high priest. Jesus, however, healed him and showed both the disciples and those who came for the arrest that it didn't have to be this way. The high priest's servant never asked for help, but Jesus chose to help him.
When someone wants to cause harm, it is an indication that he or she is in need of help, and this is when the golden rule is truly golden. Certainly they wouldn't want to be harmed even more than they already have been, but instead, they would want to feel the love that they have not experienced in a long time. If we are living to those who love is, it is impossible to be otherwise to those who love us less. In other words, it is impossible to have sweet water and bitter water flow from the same spring. If we know how to love some people, we definitely know how to love all people. If we can be patient and kind with some, we can be the same to others as well. Patience and kindness can extinguish the flames of hatred, and we are called to be patient and kind to one another, not just to those who are kind to us. This is what is going to change our enemies into friends, and this is characteristic of those who call themselves "children of God",. Let's prove to the world who we are.
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