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*Loving The Unlovely*
“Love your enemies…”
Matthew 5:44 is not a suggestion but a directive from the God Who is Himself Love, from the Son of God Who Loved us while we were still out lavishly languishing in sin and destruction ! You see, Jesus Loved us while we were yet sinners desperately and hopelessly lost in sin.
“For when the time was right, the Anointed One came and died to demonstrate His Love for sinners who were entirely helpless, weak, and powerless to save themselves. Now, who of us would dare to die for the sake of a wicked person? We can all understand if someone was willing to die for a truly noble person. But Christ proved God’s Passionate Love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!”
•Romans 5:6-8 TPT
But how exactly can we Love someone who hurts us ?The “how” can only be known when the Father’s definition of Love is understood.To the world, love is an emotion. When you feel love for someone, you treat them nicely but once your feelings change, your loving gestures go away to. This is a very fickle and sandy type of “love”.
The Love that the Father both has for us and expects us to give to others is not built on sand but on The Rock. Abba’s Love is Perfect because it is centered around choice rather than emotion.
We can each choose to Love our enemies even and probably most especially, when we do not feel like it.
“However, I say to you, Love your enemy, Bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.”
•Matthew 5:44 TPT
Notice that our commanded responses are ALL Actions !
I often hear people say things like, “nobody is perfect” and “we can never be perfect just better than we were yesterday”. Every time I hear a Christian say that I cringe because not only can we be perfect … we MUST be !
“You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating Godly values into your daily Life], as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”
•Matthew 5:48 AMP
Graciously, our Daddy God has given us the key to unlocking the perfection potential within us through Holy Spirit.
Here is the key 🔑 :
“However you wish to be treated by others is how you should treat everyone else.
“Are you really showing True Love by only loving those who love you back? Even those who don’t know God will do that. Are you really showing compassion when you do good deeds only to those who do good deeds to you? Even those who don’t know God will do that.
“If you lend money only to those you know will repay you, what credit is that to your character? Even those who don’t know God do that.
But Love your enemies and continue to treat them well. When you lend money, don’t despair if you are never paid back, for it is not lost. You will receive a rich reward and you will be known as true children of the Most High God, having His same nature. For your Father is famous for His kindness to heal even the thankless and cruel.
Show mercy and compassion for others, just as your Heavenly Father overflows with mercy and compassion for all.””
•Luke 6:31-36 TPT
“If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in Heaven.
He lets the sun rise for all people, whether they are good or bad. He sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong.
If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward for that? Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than anyone else. Even the people who don’t know God are nice to their friends.
What I am saying is that you must be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”
•Matthew 5:45-48 ERV
Is this possible in our own strength ?!
Most certainly NOT but “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”
•Philippians 4:13 NKJV
Author: Candice Moe
Jesus' Love for me has changed my life from the inside out. I once was a very a insecure, broken, rebellious, hurt, misunderstood person but now I'm FULL of Joy, Peace, Faith, Hope, Love and Confidence because of Christ and I just have to share my journey and my walk so others can know it's available to ANYONE who so desires it... so YOU can know Jesus Absolutely Loves YOU ! 🦋
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