“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
Our Pastor shared this verse last night and gave the following explanation. “To love your enemies (or difficult people) is to show them the love of God and love them the way God loves them…and us.”
I was once enemies of God, I was once “difficult people” but God never gave up. He gave the distance needed for me to come to my senses and see that He was a loving God and He always did the right thing to me and for me. He pursued a relationship through reconciliation with me in spite of my actions and my rejections. He was relentless in His pursuit of my heart and love for Him.
We need to give space for our enemies to respond when it’s the right time but that space isn’t permission to cease to do the right thing or to show anything but a relentless pursuit for reconciliation. Even when it isn’t what they want or desire…simply because we are God’s people and citizens of The Kingdom!
God has called us to a higher level of living, one that reflects what He desires for us, and as Kingdom people it is our duty to live from that place. Not easy but He strengthens us to do that which He has called us to do…we just have to start taking the steps to obey and follow His commands.
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