In Luke, Jesus gives a sermon very similar to the Sermon on the Mount that we call the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:17-49). One of the main points of this sermon is how we treat our enemies. We are to:
1 – Love them
2 – Bless them
3 – Pray for them
4 – Be generous toward them
At the end of this instruction Jesus says this, “But love your enemies and do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” (6:35-36).
Love of enemies requires mercy. When you show mercy to show love you are acting like God. A child acts like their parent. As hard as it is to do these things they aren’t as difficult if we have been paying attention to our Father the whole time.
Think of someone you have a hard time with. Have you prayed for them? Have you blessed them? Have you been generous with them?
Maybe now is the time to start!