Just the other day, during my devotion I came across this passage of the Bible I found it really challenging.
“Ye have heard that it has been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despisefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” –Matthew 5:43-45 (KJV)
This really got me thinking; What kind of man was Jesus? How did He endure all that He endured with all the power He had at His disposal? I tried to imagine what Jesus was asking in the passage and I found it difficult to see its practicality. How could I wish not to destroy my enemies? Not just that o! Even “bless” them. I know people who would say at this point that Jesus is asking too much or perhaps the impossible. What I personally wonder is that: Is it ever possible? Can any human being love (unconditionally) to that extent?
I don’t think so. By ourselves we cannot attain such a level in loving. If you recall, Jesus wasn’t talking to the multitudes at that point, He was teaching His very own-His disciples. This were people who had fully committed their lives to Christ. They had left “all” to follow Christ. This were people who had Jesus as Lord of their lives (practically). They were not just ordinary people, they were regenerated people.
In like manner, Jesus is giving this directive to you and I as His disciples. Not just anybody but His very own church. Remember Jesus warned that following Him wouldn’t be easy, this is part of what He must have been referring to. But not to worry, you don’t have to do it yourself remember, you only have to let Him do it through you. Just make sure you are not holding back. He needs you to step aside and watch Him use you show His awesomeness.
Do not think it’s beyond you (because it’s not). You can do this. Truly, it’s a tough thing to do as a human being but that is also good. It might hurt but that is okay. Someone once said that when we experience pain, it shows that weakness is giving way to strength. We also must remember that while we are still on this earth, we remain imperfect, but are being perfected. It’s a process. Apostle Paul said;
” But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” –2 Corinthians 3:18
Therefore always remember: WE can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth US. Let us therefore resolve henceforth to obey God 100%. No “excepts”. Just imagine what Jesus did for you and I. If He could do that for us even while we were yet still His sworn enemies, then He surely isn’t asking for too much.
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