Dear friends, welcome to the café. Please make yourselves comfortable while I pour us our cups of coffee.We are talking about Love again; we cannot tire of talking about it because Love is the greatest commandment given to us by God, yet it is the one commandment we have the most difficulty obeying.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48
This is a big one this week; I cannot imagine anything more difficult to do than to love your enemies and people who are trying to kill you. How can you tell a mother of a young child kidnapped, raped and killed to love her child’s killer? How about asking a quadriplegic who has been left paralyzed by an accident caused by a drunk driver to love the person who put them in a wheelchair for life? As humans, we cannot even begin to contemplate this and yet this is exactly what Jesus has asked us to do. The point is that when we are able to achieve this, we set ourselves apart from people who do not believe and we actually achieve a level of perfection comparable to our heavenly father’s.
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.Colossians 3:14
Watching the news and seeing the devastation taking place in the Gaza Strip, I cannot help feeling even more strongly about this topic. Hatred is just as powerful as love and unfortunately in our world today, hate always wins. I keep asking myself what can possibly be God’s will in this whole thing, I don’t know. If I was in Israel, would I just smile at the Palestinians and tell them how much I love them even as they shoot rockets that might kill me into Israel? I don’t know that I would be able to do that; I would probably rain every curse I can on them and ask God to totally destroy them. On the other hand, if I was a Palestinian believer, would I be feeling all warm and fuzzy towards my Israeli brethren at this time, probably not. Yet God himself through His son Jesus Christ has specifically asked us to love our enemies and pray for them even as they try to kill or destroy us.
My dear friends, Loving our enemies is never going to come easy to us no matter what side we are on, but we have to start somewhere and God in His infinite kindness will help us. As we pray for the peace of Jerusalem today, let us remember those beloved children of God on the other side; we must not forget that there are Palestinians caught in this madness that call Jesus Lord and are looking to Him to come to their rescue. We have to make love a part of our christian walk or else we will never be able to reach a world that desperately needs Jesus. Our Lord is counting on us; He is cheering us on step by little step and He is waiting for the day when He can present us to the father as an unblemished church.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27
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