43 You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— 45 in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner. 46 It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him. 47 And it is easy to greet your friends—even outsiders do that! 48 But you are called to something higher; “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Wow, what a crazy scripture that Jesus is asking us to live. This is the scripture that keeps coming to me since I was asked to write an article about love. Jesus not only asks us to pray for our enemies or people who don’t like us but to love them?? I don’t know about you but I find this very difficult. If Jesus would have just asked us to pray for them; now I could do that. I could pray (really remind God) about how nice and godly I have been or how kind I have been toward this person and then, in turn, pray for them would turn out to be quite a judgemental prayer. Been there done that!! Actually, my prayers could turn out to be a curse rather than a blessing. God help me, really in my heart I don’t want to do that, but often I do because of hurt. How can this person treat me or say those things about me or to me?
Now if Jesus would have just stopped there, just pray for them, but noooo He had to say that I was to love them. How do I do that, I can barely stand them never mind love them. Now I am baring my heart. I have been in this place too many times; it is a hard and convicting place to be. I want God to convict them but really He is convicting me because I am not doing what He is asking of me.
Read the scripture again through His eyes, He has called us to something higher. He has faith and total trust in us that we can do this!! What an amazing God we serve, His love knows no limit and no boundaries. It’s way past time to take the limits, the boundaries, and the conditions off of my love and off of my heart.
I love what Olaf says in “Frozen” – “An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart”. May our love and motives be pure and true, and may our hearts thaw from His act of true love.
Rose Dubois – Northeast Christian Fellowship