A Higher Way, Part VI

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 5:43-44

To me, this verse is at the crux of the “higher way” that Jesus Christ brought to us.  “Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy…”  That part of the verse we can all relate to.  We can all love our neighbour and we can all hate our enemies.  Sometimes our neighbours might get slightly annoying, but we still love them.  Our enemies on the other hand, well, it’s easy to hate them.

That is the way it had been.  But when Jesus came, all things changed.  His higher righteousness tells us to “love your enemies.”  That’s not part of our human nature.  It tells us to “bless them that curse you.”  That is not natural to us.  It tells us to “do good to them that hate you.”  That is not an easy thing to do.  It tells us to “pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”  Our flesh is going to have a hard time with that one.  All of those things are nearly impossible to our flesh nature.

But things that are impossible to us are not at all impossible with God.  As long as we follow Him, He will help us.  He will give us that higher righteousness that can love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for those that despitefully use us.

The next time we find ourselves confronted with one who curses us and hates us, let us remember these verses.  We are to love them and do good to them.  If we need help with that, let us remember the One Who can make it possible.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Love this, Ben, because I have seen Him do it in my life, have seen Him do what I couldn’t do on my own. My mouth opened up and what came out was a blessing not a curse. Shocked me as well as the one who had done me wrong. haha!
    God bless you as you let Him have His way with you!

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