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Luke 6:27 But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Perhaps the key to unlocking Jesus’ difficult teaching is the word love. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1957, Jesus “does not say, ‘Like your enemy.’ Like is a sentimental something, an affectionate something.” Christian love is work; it is an attitude. If we do as Jesus says, we will yearn for the flourishing of our enemies, those who hate us, and those who wish us harm. That might mean caring for them. And it certainly means praying for them. It’s not easy, but it is the way of Christ. I don’t always get this right, but when I do, it is a blessing for me and, well, for my enemies.
MOVING FORWARD: Pray for an enemy today. Then pray for yourself, that you have the strength and faith to truly mean it.