Can you easily swallow a medium sized rough stone? Yes? Then you can easily love someone who hates, spites and always looks for a way to bring you down.
Unrepentant enemies are likely not to give a damn about your love; just like those who crucified Jesus.
Before they crucified Jesus, they took his lovely garment and expose his nakedness.
As he hung on the cross fighting for his life, they made mockery of him.
Yeah, they mocked him!
But, Jesus, before he gave up the ghost on the cross of calvary, did forgive and prayed for the same people who exposed his nakedness to the world and nailed him to the humiliating cross even though their teeth were all over the place mocking him.
They mocked him the more when he said, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’
They didn’t even notice the love and forgiveness in that statement. They didn’t care if he loved them or hated them.
But to Jesus, they were the lost sheep of Isreal. For their sake he came, and even though they were a party to his death, he forgave them.
He forgave Judas as well even though he couldn’t beat taking his own life.
That’s an extraordinary human.
So when I hear forgiving or loving an unrepentant enemy, Jesus comes to mind. There is something extraordinary in what Jesus did. It’s not just forgiveness.
Forgiveness Is not Love
If it were, it would be a lot easier for us to love an enemy.
Loving an enemy goes beyond forgiveness. It entails the show of mercy; genuin and an undeserving compassion.
But to get past the difficult stage of loving an enemy, there is need to assume that such enemy does not know what he’s doing. 😳😳You know, like assuming that he does not know that fire consumes human flesh and leaps into it. Instinct tells you to save them.
Thinking of fire…..
Loving an enemy is like seeing someone who wants you dead in a burning house and jumping into it to save him. Hahaha. That’s it. (Don’t worry. You wouldn’t die in the process. Both of you would be safe.)
I tell you that if you could do that for an enemy, he would repent and would begin to look at you with a different eye; a loving eye.
But be careful with an enemy though, lest he traps and destroys you.
Happy Sunday to you.