|Recently in the prayer room we were praying through Jesus' teaching in Luke 6, which has been referred to as 'the sermon on the plain'. In it we find Christ's familiar teaching that we are to love our enemies and bless those who hate us.
What struck me in a fresh way was how Jesus tells us to love our enemies and then gives us specific ways that we can do that:
"But I tell you who hear me: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:27-28, 37)
We usually don't have major emotions of love for people we do not know, let alone people who mistreat us or don't like us! Jesus shows us that we can love through specific actions: speaking words of blessing about others rather than insults; praying for them; giving generously to those who we wouldn't normally give to (v. 30); and of course, choosing to forgive others.