“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” Luke 6:27 (NIV)
Jesus tells us in this passage from Luke that we are to love our enemies and do good towards them. In Matthew 5:44, He adds the phrase “and pray for those who persecute you.” If we obey these, why is there so much hate in the world?
The nightly news is filled with videos of college students calling for the demise of a nation, with stories about countries bombarding their neighbors with air power, and accounts of dying and suffering and starvation throughout the land. Where has all the love gone, is anyone out there praying? Where are the ones who are doing good for those they call “enemy”?
God’s wisdom has taught us that it is easy to love the lovable but hard to love the unlovable. Truer words perhaps have never been spoken and that makes Jesus’ commands in Luke and Matthew all the more remarkable. We are not being asked to perform the easy task; we are being put on the hook to accomplish the more difficult task—and by so doing, to be a witness to the rest of the world.
It’s not as if the present conflict is currently at our doorsteps. But it is creeping closer, and closer. This is the time. We have received our wake-up call. Christians everywhere must stand up for the Word of God. Not only must we hear, but we must also heed the words of Jesus when He tells us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us.