44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
What a challenging request, to love our enemies. In theory it sounds noble, but in practice… at times we want to take justice in our own hands, looking for some sort of judgment or punishment towards those who persecute and harm us. In these verses we see God’s Sovereignty over all – the righteous and unrighteous. By releasing judgment to the One who can truly judge, we reinforce our belief in His Sovereignty.
What about loving our enemies? If we are to follow Jesus’ steps, these words don’t come lightly. It comes with the understanding that we were once enemies of Jesus, but yet He died for us and saved us from eternal damnation.
Can you think of anyone who have caused you harm? Can you say a prayer on their behalf today?
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the persecuted Church, our brothers and sisters across the world who are made to suffer because they are Christian. For more information about who is being persecuted and how to pray, visit www.opendoorsuk.org.