When someone is against us and they want to see us fail, we begin to want to see them fail. Because they’ve made us their enemy, we make them our enemy and begin to hate them. We go after them just as they have come after us. Although this is what seems right, it’s contrary to what Jesus teaches.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36
Instead of hating our enemies and going after them to see them fail, we’re supposed to love them. Jesus doesn’t tell us to just love but to put that love into action. We are told to do good to our enemy, to go the extra length to help them out. Can you imagine lending to the person who has hurt you the most but not expecting them to pay you back and that being okay? That’s hard, right? That’s exactly what Jesus is telling us to do.
God gives us grace upon grace. We don’t get what we deserve, we deserve death but through Jesus, we are made righteous, we are given life. We’re told to be merciful just as God is merciful and God has been and is beyond merciful to us.
Loving isn’t easy, we don’t always feel like loving but love isn’t just a feeling. If love was just a feeling then God wouldn’t have commanded us to love our neighbor. God is calling us to something greater, He’s calling us to be different, to love the unlovable, just as He loved us. Love without seeking something in return.