Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.
—Luke 6:35 (GNT)
Probably the hardest thing for people to do is love their enemies. But God also wants you to treat your enemies with the kind of love you usually reserve for your closest friends.
Today’s reading is a reminder that you are to (also) lend to your enemies without expecting repayment. And this isn’t a separate command — it’s merely a way to illustrate the love you’re supposed to demonstrate to those you view as enemies.
In fact, in loving them, you no longer see them as enemies, but as loved-ones. You suddenly go from despising someone to being Christ-like and treating them as if their needs come before yours.
I want you to really think about what it means to love your enemies.
You see, it’s not enough that you don’t hate them, or that you won’t harm them, you’re also supposed to love them.
Our good friend Webster defines love as having unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.
So now think of someone. Think of anyone. Friend or foe and ask yourself if you have an unselfish, loyal, and benevolent concern for that person’s well-being. If your answer is no — you (like I) have a lot of work to do.
Like I said, this is a hard one, but if you want the rewards and favor that God gives to his most faithful servants, you’ll have to make the necessary adjustment.