Love Our Enemies
"But I tell you; Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you." (Matt. 5:44)
A preacher addressed to his audiences before the sermon and said: “Today my
message is: Forgive Your Enemies! Let me ask you, how many of you are willing
to forgive your enemies?” Only a few hands rose up. Then he began to preach.
About half way of the sermon, he asked again, “How many of you are willing to
forgive your enemies?” About half of the congregation raised their hands. He
continued to preach. At the end of the sermon he repeated his question, “I am
asking you the last time, how many of you are willing to forgive your
enemies?” This time everyone held up their hands, except one small elderly
lady. So the preacher asked the old lady: “Dear sister, don’t you want to
forgive your enemy?” “I don’t have any.” She
replied proudly. “That is very unusual. Dear sister, how old are you?” “Ninety-four.”
So the preacher turned to the congregation and said: “Oh, what a blessing and
a lesson for us all, our dear sister can live ninety-four years and not have
any enemy in the world.” Then he asked the old sister came up to the podium
to tell the congregation, how she didn’t have enemy at all. The old little
sister tottered down the aisle to the podium, and said: “I don’t have any
enemy, because I outlived all the bitxxxs!”
Why God wants us to forgive our enemies?
First, forgiveness is a pleasurable experience. The more hurt we got, the
more pleasure we will receive after we forgive others. In God’s marvelous
design, forgiveness has power of blessing that can activate the self-healing
process inside us. It can produce the relax feeling and bring joy to our
Second, forgiveness frees us from being entangled by distress
and bitterness that caused by the past hurt, thus we can move forward. The
biggest weakness of current President is that he could not forgive his enemies.
Therefore, he continues to be bothered by the past and cannot concentrate on
his present important business.
Third, forgiveness allows us to love again. It will give us the capacity to
enjoy loving others and being loved. Love and hatred cannot co-exist; when we
refuse to forgive others, we are inflicted wounds on ourselves. If we have a
close relationship with God, we will be able to forgive. Because God is love,
He can transform us and help us love our enemies.
Lastly, forgiveness is a command from God, He commands us to forgive our
enemies. If we obey His command, we will be blessed by Him.