God has just told me today to teach on how to love our neighbour. God has never done this to me before. So I hope I can, through His Spirit show how I do it. I am still growing in this of course. But first I want to explain we often think of loving one another as having sweet and warm feelings about another. To my understanding of love, sometimes we don’t have nice feelings towards that person, but rather a true desire that they are out of pain for e.g. and we wish them well and not grudge them anything good. Sometimes there is a warm nice feeling, but usually that feelings is often to people you know well and they in turn love you. Loving your enemy is so much harder, because of our human nature wants to get back even with them. When I first started to learn to love my enemies I found it almost impossible. Of course God is not finish with me yet. As you know there are different degrees of love. To love like Jesus is infinite. So that we are growing to love more as we come closer to God.
One time I ask God ‘the saints must of hated people sins too, how did they manage to love them?’ God showed me they did, but they loved the person, despite of their sins. If I am finding it difficult, I think of them as when they first arrived in this world. As a baby we were all beautiful, loveable and just wanted to be loved in return. Then the world got to us. Christ teaches us how to handle it. But if you don’t have Jesus to guide you or refuse to let Jesus guide you, we respond by being angry with everybody, blaming everybody for what happened to us, general speaking. I have been there, where I couldn’t trust anybody. If somebody was kind to me, I wanted to know what the real reason for their act of kindness was.
When I can see everybody has been created beautifully and their meanness often comes from pain or ignorance or lack of help on how to deal with it, my heart softens. Also knowing God loves them passionately and wants them to know His love for them and save them, softens my heart even more towards them. Also knowing they could be converted in the future sometime, and become a better Christian than I am, humbles me. Praying for them and blessing them, doesn’t matter how hard it is also softens me and leads me into forgiving them. Praying for them does wonders if you put your whole heart into it. I am learning to let go of my pride just like everybody else, but if I do these things I get results.
I heard and explanation once from Jesus by another person and something similar by a saint explaining how precious we are and beautiful we really are. The explanation goes like this, a stature made of gold and dirt covered all over it. We can’t see the golden stature, but when it is washed we then can see the perfect gold stature. The dirt represents our sins that everybody sees, but underneath all that there is a beautiful image of God waiting to be seen. It wasn’t said in those exact words, but you get the picture. We are so beautiful to God that our sins are nothing if we ask God for forgiveness. He will wash our sins away with the blood of Jesus. So knowing that makes you want to do the right thing by people and God.
I have seen people that have changed dramatically after God has touched them and it gives me hope. I was told by God to treat your enemies with respect. That way they might have a chance to be saved. I am finding people I don’t click with, have warmed up to me by simply accepting them as they are without judging them. God has put it into my heart to give them a jar of jam that I made, and it has brought me closer to people I would not normally feel comfortable with.
So these are some ideas some people might like to try. Jesus teaches us in Matthew chapter five how we ought to treat one another. And it works. We just have to learn to swallow our pride and obey Him. Practices makes perfect. We always get rewarded by obeying Him.