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 despitefully 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.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. ~~ Matthew 5:44-48 (KJV)
Most Christians are familiar with this scripture, even though we seldom practice it. We give ourselves all kinds of excuses not to follow through with these actions. Yes actions.
- Love – Love is not just a warm fuzzy feeling. Love is action – working for the best interest of the beloved.
- Bless – Speak well of and speak encouragement to this person.
- Do good – In other words, serve. Bring the coffee; shovel the snow; promote his business…
- Pray – Bring this person before the throne and thank God that He is sovereign in all things.
I enjoy a subscription to Mikey’s Funnies. Subscribed after my younger cousin began sending me snippets from her subscription. In honor of Valentines Day, he published a list of things youngsters said define love. This little girl has it down pat – from our scripture today scripture.
“If you want to learn to love better,
you should start with a friend who you hate.”
Nikka – age 6
Art Linkletter said it best: “Kids say the darnedest things.” Some of them put the rest of us to shame.
We ask that You make us a little children, eager to learn and quick to comprehend Your teaching. Give us hearts softened to love those who are not necessarily nice to us. Grant that we may serve You by serving them. Help us to see their needs and work to fulfill them.
In Jesus’ most precious name.