To Love Your Enemies

by Angelo Zantua

These teachings of our Lord boggled the Pharisees who heard them. These Pharisees, obeying and following the laws of Moses, were accustomed to the law that you should do to your enemies what they have done unto you. It was "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth."

When it comes to the strict compliance of the laws, the Pharisees are unmatched and blameless. They give the tenth part or tithes of even the smallest of herbs, (Matthew 23:23). The Pharisees possess the characteristic of extreme obedience but they have neglected matters such as judgment and faith. They lacked love.

With love, we can follow the commandments of God, (John 14:15). We should understand that it is not by force or by fear of punishment we can get a person to obey the commandments of God. It is with love.

Love was poured unto our hearts when we repented of our sins, (Romans 5:5). And thus, we can love our enemies. We pray for them, and by that show them who are Father is.

Have you prayed for anyone yet?

Memory Verse:
Matthew 5:44
“But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you,”

Resource Reading:
Matthew 5:38-48