We have a walking path behind our house that runs through the neighborhood. On nice days all the kids in the area like to gather there and play.
On one of these days, my son came storming through the front door crying. When I asked him what was wrong he began telling me what one of the older boys had done to him. This kid was being a bully. My immediate, mama bear instinct was to go out there and give him a piece of my mind.
As I turned to go out the front door I sensed the Lord stop me to consider something…
How I respond to this situation is going to teach my son how we are to treat others when they mistreat us.
At that moment I had an opportunity to teach my boy how to love his enemies.
I got down on my knees so I was eye to eye with him and said, “Buddy, before we do anything else we should pray for him”.
We, as children of God, are to be peculiar people. We should do things in a way that contrasts the ways of the world. That includes how we love others.
If we only love the people who are loving towards us, we are not doing anything different than those who belong to the world.
God wants His people to be the light and salt of the world. He desires that we point others toward the love, grace, and mercy to be found in a relationship with Jesus. Therefore, we must be set apart! We must look differently, act differently, think differently, and love differently.
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44
Lord, I want to be more like You. This is not possible if I am not willing to love my enemies. Help me to remember all the ways you have shown love and kindness to me when I was undeserving, and to share that love with others.