HOST: Michael Whitworth
“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.
Some people are easy to love—family, friends, those who are kind to us and who we have much in common with. We care about those people. We treat them with kindness and compassion. But what about the others—the ones that we don’t know, the ones that think, believe, or live differently than we do, or even the ones that treat us badly or disrespectfully? How are we to feel toward them? How are we to treat them? While the world might tell us that we have no obligation to treat anyone in a better way than they treat us, Jesus teaches us the opposite. What a challenge it is at times to open our hearts to those whose hearts are closed to us. But when we do—when we love those who hate us, when we are kind to those who are unkind to us, when we bless those who curse us—we become a little more like our Father in heaven, and a little closer to becoming what He desires us to be. May God help us to treat others as He would have us to.
Why is it important that we treat people with kindness and love?
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