I’m smiling today because god is teaching me to Love some more… 🙂 With such inspiration, I’m sharing this article that reminded me of the Law of Love.
With due recognition to the author, this article was taken from: http://christian-topics.info/Article/Gospel-of-Matthew—Chapter-5—Law-of-Love/608
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don ‘ t even the tax collectors do the same? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect’” (WEB).
We are all driven by similar desires. One strong desire that is common to all of us is the desire to be loved, and we generally try to be loveable. Whether we are on our jobs, around our neighborhoods, or at church, we try to be friendly and make an honest attempt to treat people in such a way that they have positive feelings towards us. Unfortunately, there are those times when people decide that they really do not like us. Even though we have attempted to be kind to them, and are wonderful people ourselves, they, nonetheless, resolve to be hostile towards us. This is the reality of life. It can be very disappointing. It can also hurt.
Who knows why someone chooses to be our enemy? How do you respond to them when they do? Well, the tendency is to strike back. But what does this way of retaliating really produce? Often it produces further animosity and more bad feelings. It makes the hostile person more hostile, and leaves us feeling worse instead of better.
Jesus said that there was a better way. In fact, He gives us a radical solution to this ancient problem. Instead of retaliating against your enemy, you should love him. How can we love those who are treating us harshly and unfairly? Surely, no one could do that, or would even want to. Even Christians have their limits. There is no doubt that Christians do have limits. However, when it comes to love, the limits far exceed what we may think. The confusion comes when we adopt the thinking of the world. The world ‘ s way is to return evil for evil. Unfortunately, there is a tendency even with Christians to follow the way of the world. Those in the world would tell you that common sense dictates that you love those who love you and hate those who hate you. However, Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
Thank you, Lord for making me smile today :))