Of all the teachings of Jesus Christ, i must admit that loving the enemies, just as Jesus said in Luke 6:35, “Love your enemies, and do good and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great.”, is one of the most difficult teachings to be implemented in daily life.
It is so much easier to love people who treat us good, friendly and lovingly but it is a different story when we have to deal with people who treat us unfairly, bully us, break our hearts, disappoint us, betray us, test our patience, etc.
If somebody is trying to make you look bad by spreading rumors and telling lies, or to make you feel bad by saying nasty words at you, or any other wrong doings that would be hurtful to you. It is common that we would feel down and depressed thinking about it. Perhaps after that happened, we’d try to avoid meeting that person; we’d ignore that person; or maybe we’d try to get even with them. It’s very tempting and within human nature to get even. But we need to think before making such reaction.’“Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did.”‘ – Proverb 24:29 (NIV). Don’t sink down to their level of stupidity and unrighteousness. Don’t let their poison cloud our heart. We need to learn to think that when someone is trying to spread gossip, really, they have done us a favor. Whatever they mean for our harm, God is going to use to promote us. The more people talk, the more God promotes us.
Instead, we need to learn to bless them. Every time we think of people who have hurt our feelings or have persecuted us, as much as we can we try to say, “God, bless my enemies, those who criticize, talk negatively about me behind my back, and try to make me look bad. God, give them a great day today.” When we do that, we actually deliver and also release ourselves from entrapment of sins and we keep our heart free from strife and give God more room to bless us, promote us, and speak to us more. It is easier said than done. And we may not be able to do it only by using our own power. We need to seek for God’s power and strength to be able to bless our enemies. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21.
We need to keep reminding ourselves that God is our vindicator and rewards us when we don’t take matters into our own hands, as written in Romans 12:19 “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” (NIV). We don’t have to let ourselves get involved in unnecessary battle(s), as written in Proverb 20:22 “Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.” (NIV). It would take off all pressures from us when we let God fight that kind of battle for us. God will take what others mean for harm, and He will use it to our advantage.
To conclude, please remember that we must not become weary in doing good. “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” – Proverb 25:21-22 (NIV). Keep doing the right thing, even when the wrong thing is happening. Keep a good, positive attitude. Keep praying for those people. Before long, we’ll see God’s blessings in greater ways, and what might have seemed like a stumbling block to us, God will use as stepping stone to thrust us higher, and in His time God will deal with the people who have persecuted us accordingly.