27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
What is Jesus talking about, is he totally insane? Does Jesus really expect us to love our enemies, to do good things for those who hate us, to speak words of blessing to those who are cursing us, and to pray for those who are abusing us? Really!?! To those who heard these words come from the mouth of Jesus to us who are reading these words now, they are shocking, disturbing, and totally backwards from how the world really works. But let’s pause for a moment and consider why Jesus commands us to do these things. Let’s ponder our own life in light of Jesus’ words. You and I were once enemies of God, we hated God, we cursed God, and we abused the name of God. We did everything in our power to suppress the knowledge of God and wanted nothing to do with him (Rom. 1:18 ff). Despite what God had experienced from us and because of his desire to save us, even though there was nothing worth saving in us, he sent Jesus Christ who willingly died on a cross, suffered our death, so that we might have life. God loved his enemies – he did good to those who hated him, he blessed those who cursed him, and he prayed for those who abused him (John 17). If God, in his infinite wisdom, decided to do this for us, how much more should we do this for our enemies? Just as we needed to hear of God’s love and blessings, so our enemies need to hear the message of the gospel, they too need to be saved, and they can’t respond to the wonderful words of life if we are hating them as they hate us, if we are cursing them as they curse us, or as we abuse them as they abuse us. So when people are hatful, cursing and abusive towards you because of your faith in Christ, look to Christ who suffered the same things for your sake, receive his love and then share that love with those who are against you. Let God be their judge, but hope that through your acts of kindness, goodness and love that he will be their savior.