The concept of loving your enemy is a lot to take in. Personally, I have had to learn this, and re-learn it over and over again. It is a hard thing to practice. In my life, I had someone who use to be considered one of my closest friends, and then this person decided to take a different path in life, and this person began to treat me bad, and ignore me. I very much so wanted to be a part of this person’s life, but this person did not want to give me the time of day. This really hurt, and because this person was mean to me, I felt that he was an enemy. I was rude back, and would say harsh things any chance I could, just to get back at this person.
After being angry and becoming bitter at this person, I realized that I needed to give it over to God. I spent months in prayer about this person, and then finally God gave me forgiveness for the person, and love for this enemy. What a freeing feeling to have love for my enemy. I no longer let this person run my life through the bitterness that I had allowed them to bring up in my life. God worked in my heart, and through His Holy Spirit I was able to love my enemy. This person still does not always treat me right, but I really do love this person and want what is best for him.
Who is the person in your life that you need to stop being bitter and angry toward? We all have people in our lives that have hurt us. God wants to bring about forgiveness in your life, and give you the freedom that comes along with loving your neighbor. Something that helped me move toward forgiving my enemy and loving him was considering what Jesus did for me. Because of the sin in my own life, I was an enemy of God. Because God is perfect, we are enemies of Him.
We all have sin in our lives, but the only way we can have forgiveness from God is through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came to the earth, lived a perfect life, and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, if we believe in God and ask for forgiveness of our sins, we can be forgiven and saved and then have a relationship with God who is our heavenly Father. This is the most powerful example of forgiveness, and love. If Christ offered me forgiveness, and loves me, then I can do the same for my enemies.