Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Loving Our Enemies

But I say, love your enemies! 
Pray for those who persecute you! 
In that way, you will be acting as 
true children of your Father in heaven. 
He sends rain on the just
 and the unjust alike...
You are to be perfect, 
as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:44-48
Jesus tells us to love our enemies 
and pray for those who persecute us 
so that we may act as Father' children. 
He then commands us to be perfect.
The link is love.
When His Father causes the rain to fall,
He doesn't orchestrate it
to touch only those who love Him.
He doesn't keep His enemies in the dust.
"He comes like the rain."
Hosea 6:3
He continually demonstrates His love, 
unoffendable and unmoved by others.
He orchestrates circumstances and 
allows us to be offended and moved by others
that we might learn to make a decision to love.
Those decisions hold us until He can
form in us the nature of love.
That we may be like Him.

He IS love, consistently sending 
sun and rain down on all people.
We are to be a demonstration 
of this same love-- 
so attached to the principle of love,
that we can easily give His rain
to everyone we meet.
Whether friend or foe, 
whether like us in every way 
or as far as the east is from the west,
we love them as His children,
perfect even as our Father is perfect.

We do this impossible thing
by fixing our eyes on Jesus,
author and finisher of our love,
alive to all He wants us to do
and all those He wants us to love 
this very day.

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