Posted by: Pure Glory | 03/19/2015

Love Your Enemies

love-others-300x228by Hazel Straub

When misunderstandings and negativity sour relationships, how do you react? With offense or forgiveness? Do you react with the same spirit or change the atmosphere with love?

Challenging people bring opportunity for greater maturity and growth. When we show love mixed with forgiveness, we are the ambassadors of Christ. Light casts out darkness. Love changes an ugly situation, into something beautiful. Love triumphs over hatred and lies.

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:43-48 MSG)

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  1. Oh my, oh my, oh my, what an excellent word. I think I might need to read this another time or two to let it all soak in.

    • It is amazing how forgiveness and love change everything to victorious!


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