Jesus Christ wants us to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute us. It’s natural for us to hold in high regard those that treat us with love, but to love those, to even pray for those that are against us is a hard stretch. But its precisely the difficult path that’s the just path our savior demands. Most importantly, it’s the way of life Jesus demonstrated that even being tortured and flogged, he was able to have compassion and mercy on the culprits when he asked the Father, “forgive them, they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). ”
To say you’re a Christian and neglect such a prescription from our savior gives ammo for hypocrisy because those who call out to him must also perform the deeds he did.
In our culture of division among many lines, I often wonder if the divisions that exist are really what keep us apart or is it our lack of love for one another. I believe the divisions are symptomatic of a culture that’s neglected the dignity of life and treatment toward our neighbor.
Love is the answer. Not a feelings-based love but one that’s rooted in a sense of compassion and mercy modeled by Jesus.
We need to get back to this. I earnestly hope we do!