Reading for the day: Matthew 5:38-47
“…You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…”
Jesus asks us to forget about the Old Testament adage to love our friends and hate our enemies. Instead, we are asked to love our enemies. This can be a difficult thing to do even when we are surrounded by those we love. It isn’t easy to love those who are cruel to us or who have hurt those we care about.
Sometimes it seems that even those close to us, the people we love the most, have turned into enemies. Perhaps you’re fighting with your spouse or your child is being defiant; perhaps your boss has in some way betrayed all of the time, effort and hard work you’ve given him. This is when it is most important to love those we perceive as enemies, whether they are friends, family or strangers.
We don’t get to choose our enemies, and we don’t get to choose whom we will love. God has told us to love everyone, friend and foe alike. Try this week to remember the importance of loving others in spite of who or what they are. Reach out to them and show them love. It may change things, it may not. But the result isn’t what counts – the act of loving them is what God seeks from us. That love for others is a reflection of our love of God and His Creation. Do you part today to promote His peace by loving all those you encounter.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to give you the grace to love others no matter what. If you are in a struggle with another person, forget about praying to get your own way and simply pray for God’s love to touch both of you.
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