Showing love when it is worldly-wise to show hatred
I once thought love is an emotion, something that pricks my heart and moves me to action. I was wrong, like everybody else.
Knowing that God is love changed my mind-set. He loves without any string attached to it. He loves me when I was still a sinner.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5: 8
I once thought it is okay to be nice to only those who show me kindness, again, I was wrong. God shows me to love my enemies.
I should be nice to them and bless them even though they hate me.
There is no such love!
There is no such love is another way of saying there is no God. You cannot love the way God loves if you do not
believe in God.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. Psalm 14: 1
Have you ever said there is no God, especially in your heart? Fools do say that in their heart. Are you a fool? Lol.
Sometimes, you might not know how foolish you can be.
Let look at some instances when you will say there is no God.
When you think that your success is as a result of your efforts. Whereas, success is a gift from God.
When you think success is related to the kind of people you are connected to. Whereas, it is God who connects you to the right persons.
When God connects you, people will be very glad to help you succeed.
You say there is no God, when you think you are in control of your life, your marriage, your future, etc.
Whereas, if God’s factor is taken from your life, marriage and future, the rest would be chaos. You will be left with nothing., but struggle and sorrow.
Are you a fool now? Lol. You can be, you just don’t need to stay that way.
Simply unfoolish yourself by accepting the fact that you can love your enemy.
Forgiveness is key to loving your enemy.
Do you know that the way of God is simply by doing things that displease the flesh?
Displeasing your flesh is by saying no to things like: fornication, adultery, stealing, bullying, fighting, malice, gossiping forgiveness, etc.
These things are enemies of love. You can not love your enemy unless you purge yourself of these negative emotions.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour [g] and hate your enemy.’
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[h] Mathew 5: 43 – 44
The way of God is love, God Himself is love. It is natural and societal-acceptable for you to give hatred for hatred.
To be able to love fully, you need to be ready to give love for every hatred that you receive.
The way of God is not like a road map to your house. Lol! His way can be a very sharp contrast to your way of thought and belief.
You need to purge yourself of old beliefs, by renewing your mind with the words of God.
Loving your enemies entails that you stop thinking of yourself first. And you consciously start putting other people first.
That seems impossible, right? No, it is not. God won’t ask you to do what is impossible for you to do.
Selfishness simply become selflessness.
You think before you give
The bigger the gift you can give, the bigger is your love! You are treading in God’s way when you start thinking of how to help other people solve their problems before you even think of solving your own.
You give yourself by denying yourself.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4: 9
God shows us the amount of His love for us by giving us His Son to die for our sin.
He wanted to solve the problem of our sinful nature so that we can live through Jesus Christ. That is called sacrificial love.
You deny yourself of something precious to you, just for the sake of other people.
Thinking before you give, make you put your problems first. Unfortunately, your problems often deny you the joy of giving.
The amount of gift that you can give someone is the measure of the amount of love that you have for that person.
Forgiveness is a gift that you give to your enemy.
When you forgive, you consciously free your mind from resentment. In fact, resentment eats at your like cancer.
You do not want to have cancer of the mind, do you? Lol. Neither do I!
You are hearers and not doers of the words of God
The word of God is your road map to success. The word guides you to the fulfilment of your life purpose.
Thus, when you do not abide by the word of God, you are like someone who looks at himself in the mirror, as soon as he left the mirror, he forgets how he looks like.
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. Matthew 7: 26
How do you receive the word of God? Do you disdain it? Do you acknowledge it?
Pardon me to say this, you are a fool when you think the Bible is another book of ancient stories.
You are a bigger fool when you only accept the part of the word of God that pleases you and disregard the rest.
The hearer of God’s word is God’s pleaser. Are you God pleaser? Loving your enemies is a way to please God.
You love, not just because God said so, but because you love God!
In conclusion, whatever you give, you shall receive in return.
In another way, whatever you sow, you shall reap. Sow love, then you will reap love. Give love, then you will receive love.
In loving your enemies, you are giving them into God’s hands.