We are all the same. There are some people we simply just don’t like! They bug us. Their very presence annoys us. And in some cases, if we could, we would actually wish some distress in their lives so that they could be made to repent.
Jesus says instead, “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.” (Matthew 5:44, ESV)
Loving your enemy is not about agreeing to disagree, nor just playing nice when we see them face to face. Love desires another’s best. It desires their success, regardless of our feelings about them. It doesn’t want them changed for our benefit, but for their victory. Love says, “I want God’s plans fully realized for them!”
Wow; that is a profoundly intense kind of love!
Take a moment, and lift up your enemies to the Lord. Find a new heart for them. Ask for God’s grace to be poured out on them, and to grant them access to their greatest good. Leave yourself out of the equation, and then, you will become “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”(Matthew 5:48)