Loving Our Enemies

Donna Westrate

READ : Matthew 5:43-48

This is one of Jesus’ profound teachings and doesn’t it seem like an almost impossible command? He says to do good to those who spitefully use you. If someone wanted an inch of your life, give him a mile, and on and on. We humans are such sensitive individuals, taking offense at the slightest instances, and this includes all our relationships: spouse, parents, children, friends, co-workers, etc. We carry grudges for long periods of time when we feel we’ve been wronged by someone.

The desire for revenge is common; the need to see someone else suffer as they’ve made us suffer. We can all identify with these feelings if we take a close look at ourselves. Jesus comes along and says that you need to love those who speak ill of you, those who abuse you, those who steal from you. He commands us to take all our hurts and transform them into prayer for the perpetrators of those negative feelings. If you’ve ever tried it, you will know what amazing results you get.

How your feelings change, when you submit these people to prayer. Jesus knew what He was talking about. It takes much discipline and being in tune with our Savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit, to accept this command and live it!


Father, help us to deny our hurts and resentments and to love those who seem totally unlovable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.