As Christians, we must follow in the humble footsteps of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This implies that all we must do according to what our Lord would do. In some cases, the choice in our actions will be simple, and in other cases, it will be difficult. Remember to invite our Lord to go with you, wherever you go. Ask Jesus to walk with you and help guide your steps.
In Matthew 5:43-48, our Lord continues in His sermon with, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.’ “But I say unto you, ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and them which despitefully use you, persecute you, 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.’ For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do no even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Our Lord Jesus is stressing the importance of loving our neighbors, especially those who wish us harm. As followers and believers of Christ, we will have many people who hate us, curse us, and want to do us harm. Do not allow this to discourage you but use it as fuel to work even harder. Think of those who hate us as continual tests of faith. Our Lord wants to see how many times we will stand up for Him in His love and kindness. How much can we take?
When you feel weak, ask Jesus for the strength to get through your troubles. When you are scared, ask our Lord for His comfort. Do not hesitate to ask our Lord for all that you need. Allow our Lord Jesus to rid you from all your infirmities. Be sure to remain in constant prayer with Jesus. Only through Jesus can we get to the Father, which is in heaven.
Above all, we must remember to pray for those who hate us. Ask Jesus to bless them and to give them guidance. The truth is that those who hate us believers need our Lord the most! They just do not realize it. Do not hold their lack of love against our enemies. Rather empathize with them. Try to imagine how your life would be without our Lord Jesus. Think about that next time someone spites you or curses you.
Remember that those who hate us hated Jesus first. If our Lord could forgive those who persecuted Him, while dying on the Cross, we can forgive our enemies. Be sure to pray more often and apologize for your sins. No one person is sinless. We all have done something and we must repent. In the process of your praying, try to incorporate a prayer each day for your enemies too. It will make a huge difference.