The idea of loving others may come off as natural, especially from a Christian perspective, because that is what Jesus has called us to do. But sometimes it’s more of an effort to show that to a few people who may have hurt us or made us feel untrusting towards them in the past. What are some reasons why you should not only be kind to your enemies, but loving?
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 sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked Luke 6:35 NIV
This passage gives us a clear demonstration that our kindness should not be acted upon in hopes of a reward; instead, it should be a gift. Traditionally, a gift is associated with a positive light of spreading joy, happiness and gratitude; there should be no hopes or expectations of receiving anything in return for this, a gift can be looked at as a representation of the heart. Therefore, we should thank God for our kindness, and the ability to challenge our faith through giving the gift of kindness and goodness to those who have hurt or angered us.
The second part of this passage explains to us that such kindness and goodness that we bring upon to our enemies is a reflection of how we love God. Knowing “how” we love God is to shed light on what our actions, behaviors, and communications to others really mean.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful Luke 6:36 NIV
We are no different than that person who has hurt us. It’s a humbling, but very healthy process to acknowledge the fact that we can’t always hold on to the hurt that person has caused us just to stay satisfied or even just “okay”. What would help us move on from hurt is only God, Himself. With prayer, meditation and Scripture reading, we can find God as our sanctuary and give Him the hurt that others have given to us. In return, we can love our enemies, and show them what the representation of God’s love and forgiveness looks like.