Love for Enemies is one of the most difficult principles of the Christian faith. There is no equivocation here! If we are to forgive our enemies, how much more should we seek to be reconciled with those who have been friends, or estranged family members?
“Love God, and Neighbor”; according to Christ, these two principles summarize the entire Old Testament Law and teachings of the Prophets.
What are you doing with the teachings of Jesus? Are you simply paying him lip-service, or are you seeking to do the will of the one who sent him?
The Christian faith REQUIRES active participation and personal transformation. All are called — few will DO the difficult things required to truly live the Christian life.
“But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” ~Luke 6:27-36