How Can We Love Our Enemies?

A post I read this morning titled, Making Friends, Loving Enemies reminded me of Matthew 5:43-45, which says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for He makes His sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” 

This very teaching of Jesus–to love those who have done us wrong–has to be one of the most difficult Christian precept to follow. How can we love our enemies? Is it possible to have sincere positive feelings for those people who make our lives difficult? Those people who cause us pain? It just seems impossible! But with Jesus giving it as a commandment, I believe that he knows we can do it. The real question is do you WANT to do it? It may seem like a baffling concept, but with God’s guidance we can succeed. How can we love our enemies you ask? The first step is WANTING to do so, and the rest is a constant work in progress.

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