“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
by: Lisa Moore.
One of the hardest things to do is to love someone after they have hurt us. We put up fences and walls around ourselves to ensure that person and others do not have an opportunity to hurt us again. We may say we forgive them, but deep down the animosity and bitterness returns whenever we see them, hear their voice, or they come to mind. Is this behavior Christlike? After reading today’s devotional, can you honestly say you love everyone? If not, earnestly seek God about the situation(s) and make these verses a reality in your life. You cannot love God and hate people.'