Love for All - Karla Rowley

You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I tell you this: love your enemies.  Pray for those who torment you and persecute you—in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven.  He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel.  He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike.  He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner.  It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him.  And it is easy to greet your friends—even outsiders do that!  But you are called to something higher; ‘Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.’  - Matthew 5: 43-48  (The Voice)

Sadly we are much like the people of Jesus’ day.  We have been taught to separate people into groups and to ‘love’ some and ‘hate’ some.  Do we really want to believe that Jesus could recommend such actions?  My experience tells me here in Matthew 5 he teaches us that his standard for us is broader.

He asks us to recognize his love (and the Father’s love) for ALL.  He calls us to realize that our enemies are also those whom He has come and will come again.  He asks/commands us to pray for them, to love them, to recognize that my enemy today—when I pray for him or her can guide me to recognize God in them—so see His hand at work even in those I do not agree with or understand.

Father, I know that perfection is not mine to claim.  I seek to recognize You in every person I encounter…friend or the ‘not yet friend’ I call today my enemy.  May the prayers you place in my heart bring honor and joy to You.  Amen


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