Friday, June 22, 2018

Loving the Unlovable

Matthew 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Loving the Unlovable
We all have met or have people in our lives difficult to get along with. To no avail, every time you come in contact with certain people, your spirits clash. Making you feel less than a child of God. How do you find balance with someone classified as "unlovable" in your life? Well, one thing for sure, it is difficult to love without Jesus. You do not need to do it all alone. When our hearts are open to Jesus, He gives us a more welcoming spirit for the unlovable through His grace and mercy. As hard as it can be, this is what He wants us to sow as well as show; God's grace and mercy through His unfailing love. During Jesus times, He encountered a lot of difficult people. But, He handled them in a Godly fashion. Rebuking them for their wrong and encouraged them when they did right. He showed love towards His enemies. Even if it seemed He was being stern. His sternness was an act of love because their soul was at stake through their eternal destination. Jesus loved His enemies to death, as He died on the cross for their sins. Saying, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34, KJV)

Therefore, in Matthew 5:44-45, Jesus gives us an encouragement concerning our enemies and why we should love them. Stating, "(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (KJV)"

In these verses, Jesus is not telling us to keep ourselves in harm’s way of hateful, mean-spirited and angry people. But, we can remove ourselves from their presence and pray for them. A lot of times, people are not really taking their anguish and hostility out on us; but, Jesus. It is because Jesus is knocking on the door of their hearts and they are refusing to answer. Therefore, since we represent Christ, this makes us an easier target. Reason, people physically see us and not Jesus. They do not fully comprehend, when they lash out at us; they are really lashing out at Jesus. Humanity hates God and he loathes the simple fact that Jesus is the only way to God.

I encourage you to stand strong through Jesus Christ and be the catalyst for change to those around you that He is calling you to be. You have all the “POWER” of Heaven backing you, so, that your life here on earth can be successful for the Kingdom of God. Jesus thinks it is more important for us to be called "the children of our Father", rather than being labeled as a sinner with the rest of the world. Pray for difficult people and let the Holy Ghost change them.

You have a special purpose in God's Kingdom. Walk in your calling! Wanda Carr

Lord Jesus, I am praying for my enemies. At one time, I too was an enemy of the cross. Realizing, when my enemies lash out at me they hurt You. Have mercy on them; let me show Your grace. Give me Your strength and wisdom to stand to their opposition against You. In Your Holy Name ... Amen.

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