Love Your Enemies
by: Angeline Lawrence, Host
Being on the receiving end of taunts and bullying can be detrimental to our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. As Christians, many of us were not built to give great comebacks when insulted. Christ taught his disciples to love everyone, especially their enemies because he held them to a higher standard of righteousness.
Matthew 5:44 states, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (NIV) Christ taught them that true faith in God was more than the observance of laws and ordinances. Christ emphasized the importance of displaying the same characteristics of compassion, equity and virtue as the Creator. The ability to pray for individuals who work against us embodies great strength and righteousness. Our Creator bestows His love and blessings upon everyone, even individuals that do not obey His Word. We must learn to love the people that hate us.
In honor of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the history of America, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
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