Matthew 5:44: "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...."
I saw a book once that was entitled, The Hard Sayings of Jesus Christ. When we think about it, the truth of the matter is that living the Christian life is hard. No, let me rephrase that - it is HARD.
I ave been around Christians who say that once you get saved it is easy to live the Christian life. I have been around those who said that they are totally sinless in the way they live their lives because they have accepted Christ. [By the way, they usually lie about other things too.]
Truth is - living a life modeled after our Savior is hard. The passage above tells us that we are commanded to love those who we feel are our enemies. We have no options. No excuses. Love 'em. Plain and simple. Not hard to interpret. No side roads, no possible misconceptions. "Love your enemies."
This includes those outside looking in.
If they don't know Christ and they abuse, refuse, persecute, and flat out mistreat us - love 'em. If they speak evil about us - love 'em. If they get us fired - love 'em. If they cheat us, steal from us, (and one that hits me) cuts us off in traffic - love 'em.
We show the world our Savior - when we love 'em. Today, find as many ways as you can to love someone outside the Family of God.
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