Luke 6:27-28 (AMP) 27 But I say to you who are listening now to Me: [[a]in order to heed, make it a practice to] love your enemies, treat well (do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred, 28 Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].…..
Luke 6:35 (AMP) 35 But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors [a]so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but [b]considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.
Ouch. That is not easy to love those who hurt us and are not very kind to us. But if we look at verse 35, we will have great reward by doing what God is asking us to do. It is easy to read the bible and look for the great things, but sometimes we overlook the entirety of what we need to do in order to be blessed by God. God has a part, but so do we.
We do not always have to feel like loving our enemies to love them. Our actions can be kind toward those who hurt us rather than harsh. For most of us, it is going to take a while before we get this down. It is something that likely will always be difficult for us to do. Our first reaction to someone who hurt us to speak negatively about that person. When we do that, we are negatively impacting our own lives.
What someone has done to you may be a horrible, awful thing. And it may not have been right in anyone’s eyes. Nobody wants to be mistreated and/or abused. There are bad things that happen every single day. In the midst of all of these bad things we have a choice to stay angry and fight hatred with hatred, or we can get over it and overcome evil with good. It is up to us how we choose to live our lives.
Luke 6:36 (AMP) 36 So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen