This may be Jesus’ most difficult expectation. “Love your neighbor” is tough enough, but “love your enemy” pushes me beyond my human ability. I know I don’t love well.
The words come from two of the gospels: Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain.
I say to you that listen: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you . . .
Do to others as you would have them do to you.Luke 6
Much of what Jesus says in these beatitudes is pretty much impossible for us mere mortals to accomplish. I suppose some of the saints have drawn close to the high standards, but not many of us regular Jesus followers are anywhere close.
Several thoughts come to mind as I unpack Jesus’ words and try to figure out how to be in relationship with too many difficult people in my own life in these current days.Continue reading Loving Our Enemies