Verse of the Day
“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. Matthew 5:43-48
We all generally consider that we have lot of enemies around us. A pastor asked congregation “people who have many enemies, raise your hands” a lot of hands were raised, and then he asked people who have one or two enemies to raise their hands, a few hands were raised, and then he asked people who do not have any enemy to raise their hands. Only 98 years old man raised his hand. He called the Old Man in front and said “Great you are the only person who doesn’t have any enemy”. The old man replied “all those idiots are dead”.
“Love your enemies” this is the verse that is easy to say and perhaps most difficult to adopt. Jesus Christ said these words more than 2000 years ago to mostly Jewish listeners; they must have never heard such teaching before. What they had been taught was “Eye for an eye” or “love your neighbor and hate your enemy”, it must be a very strange message for them, even today for an ordinary persons it is still a strange message, and many us may consider it impractical. A few days ago a Christian couple was burnt alive by an angry Muslim mob on blasphemy charges; this incident shows existence of hatred, revenge and brutality in our society. Christians have lot of anger in their heart but Christianity teaches us “pray for those who persecute you”. I think this is the approach that make Christians different.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35