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Nowhere did the Law teach hatred for one’s enemies. For example, Exodus 23:4 indicates
just the opposite: “If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely
bring it back to him again.”
Jesus defined our enemies as those who curse us, hate us, and exploit us selfishly. Since
Christian love is an act of the will, and not simply an emotion, He has the right to command
us to love our enemies.
After all, He loved us when we were His enemies. We may show this love by blessing those
who curse us, doing good to them, and praying for them. When we pray for our enemies, we
find it easier to love them. It takes the “poison” out of our attitudes.
The Bible says: “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him
water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will
reward you” (Proverbs 25:21-22, NIV).
Also read: Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:17-36; Romans 5:10; 12:14-21.
Action assignment: Pray for an enemy—and pray for God to give you a love for that person.

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