Love Your Enemies

J. D. Conley
October 14, 2012

Upon reading Jesus’ words recorded in Mt.5:43-48, we are struck with His teaching about loving our enemies.  We argue, “This is not natural, not desirable, and not possible.”  Yet this single command of Jesus argues for the inspiration of the Scriptures.  What man would teach that he should love his enemies?  Obviously this command came from heaven, from the mind of God.

Loving our enemies is not easy.  But the word “love” which Jesus uses, comes from a Greek word that  indicates a demonstrative love.  It’s a love that shows action, not a warm brotherly type of love.  Thus, Jesus does not require a warm and fuzzy kind of love for our enemies, a love of that type might be impossible.  But what He does require is that we show our love in spite of our inward feelings.  How do we accomplish this?  Look at the passage again:  v.44, “Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

It’s easy to bless our friends, and do good and pray for them, vv.46, 47.  It’s another thing altogether to do the same for our enemies.  Paul says in Rom.12:20, “If thine enemy hunger, feed him;  if he thirst, give him drink:  for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”  Again we see heaven’s involvement here.  This passage teaches if we are kind to our enemies, they will feel bad for their ill-treatment of us.

What a much better world this would be if each one loved their enemies the way God’s Word instructs!  Do you have an enemy?  Pray for them.  Do something  good for them.  Do some “coal heaping.”  Before long you may discover you have lost an enemy and gained a friend.