Can we love the people who hate us?
Can we show affection and compassion to the people who hurt and curse us?
Can we be kind to the person who’d be the first to celebrate when we’re dead?
Can we really love the unlovable?
The answer is NO. If it will only be for our own effort, I don’t believe that there would be a single person who’d openly say “Yes, I love the person who makes my life miserable!”
The truth is, it is our faith in God that will enable us to love radically.
Jesus’ greatest challenge to us is to love our enemies. To do good to those who hate us. To bless those who curse us. And to pray for those who mistreat us. (Luke 6:27)
Perhaps, our mind is now saying “Sure. Easier said than done.”
BUT Jesus did not just gave us this command. He did not just say, love and forgive those who mistreat you. He also taught us HOW.
According to the Scriptures in Luke 6:38, ” Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
The way that I understand this, it is telling us that how we treat people will eventually help change the way that they treat us. If I become nicer to the person who is mean to me, perhaps there would be a greater likelihood that he or she too will become a little nicer to me, when he or she will see that I am sincere. If I treat them with kindness without any pretensions every time we have an encounter, I think it is not impossible for them to have a change of hearts toward me.
I have learned that sometimes our physiology affects our psychology. It is like the principle of “mind over matter” except that this is pertaining to our feelings following our actions.
If we keep doing loving gestures and acts of kindness to people who treats us otherwise, sooner or later we will develop the feeling of love for them.
Of course this is not automatic. It does not happen overnight. And if you’ve read my previous posts this month, I cannot stress enough the fact that Love is a decision, a choice, and commitment.
I dare you to challenge God. Why don’t you do what He says and let us know how it’ll turn out! 🙂