Loving Your Enemies – Doing Good to Them

‘Ibigin ang Kaaway’

1. Pray for them

2. Do Good to them

3. Forgive them and Forget what they did to you

4. Approach them

5. Trust them

 

27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.                                                            -Luke 6:27-31, New Living Translation

Retaliation has been responsible for preventing overpopulation in ages past. Small offenses, unforgiven, eventually turn into clan wars or ubusan ng lahi.  Human nature dictates that offenses against us requires payback – often with interest.

 

Our Lord Jesus revealed the difference between our human nature and God’s divine nature in his words above. His statements turned the world upside-down. Repay hate with love. Treat them in the same way you’d like to be treated. Extinguish the flames of hatred instead of fueling them. As God helped us when we were still his enemies, so should we help our enemies.

 

This exercise of loving our enemies transforms us more into Christ-likeness. But there is a pre-requisite: willingness. Not just the willingness to listen to our Lord, but to act upon his words in obedience.

 

How do you do good to your enemies?

1.) Think of people who either hate you, or people you don’t like.

2.) Find out what their needs are, whether material, emotional, spiritual, etc.

3.) Be genuinely concerned about their lives.

4.) Help them out whenever the opportunity arises.

5.) Be willing to go out of your way and sacrifice.

 

Whether it be a cup of cold water, offering a listening ear, a pat on the back, or giving up your life, as long as it is done out of love for God and for your ‘enemy’, you’re on the right track.

 

3 I may give away everything I have, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned.[b] But I gain nothing if I do not have love.   

-1 Corinthians 13:3 (CEV)

 

 

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