Loving Your Enemies: 7 Facets of Unconditional Love
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you blend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But clove your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. — Luke 6:27-36
In today's passages Jesus mentions seven facets of unconditional love.
1. Love your enemies. (v. 27)
2. Do good to those who hate you. (v. 27)
3. Bless those who curse you. (v. 28)
4. Pray for those that mistreat you. (v. 28)
5. Don't seek revenge. (v. 29a)
6. Give freely. (v. 29b-30)
7. Treat others the way you want to be treated. (v. 31)
These actions—in our own natural human nature—can't be done! It takes a supernatural enabling. It takes experiencing, for ourselves, a supernatural power of love and grace. No part of our own flesh would want to love our enemies, or love someone who has completely mistreated or even hates us. It is only through the power of Christ's love, grace, and mercy inside of us that we can do this. Let us remember that once, we too, were enemies of God. We too, hated Him while He loved us still. It isn't easy by no means, but when we seek God and ask him to enable our hearts to look like His and love like His, He will reveal to us that hurt people hurt people, and healed people heal people.
When we love our enemies, it is proof of the Holy Spirit indwelling within us. It is proof of Christ's love and true righteousness in our lives. It is His light shining through us.
Dear Father God. Thank You for loving me, when I didn't love you. Help me to do the same for others, especially those who hurt, mistreat, and hate me. Make my heart look more like yours.