Love is not just a feeling, it is a principle. Love is a decision based upon the will. Sometimes we will not be able to have feelings of love to our enemies. Nevertheless, we are commanded to love them. Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:44-48). The test of love for God is love for our fellow men (1 John 4:20).
How can we actually love our enemies?
We can have love to our enemies when we realize that the people that hurt us are themselves captives and prisoners of the devil. And these individuals will be eternally lost and miss out on God’s amazing free gift of eternal life if they don’t repent. This will help us have compassion over them. The people that have God have everything but those that don’t have God need our love and prayers.
That’s how Jesus loved people. And His infinite compassion made Him pray even for those that crucified Him saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). This prayer includes all sinners to the end of time, for all are guilty of the blood of Jesus and need His salvation.
This divine love is also a gift from God. It is God who gives us the ability to love our enemies by pouring His love into our hearts. Once we make the decision to love, God performs the miracle. “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5).
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