Love One Another

Be Friends With Your Enemies

People have said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies, bless those who are upset with you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?”

 
Assets And Liabilities
 
I stop and think about what Jesus says within this quote and I have come up with my own saying. It goes like this, “My greatest liabilities are also my greatest assets.” In my situation I look at people in my past that I have not gotten along with, these are my enemies or at least they are treated as such. It seems our enemies we like to ignore and have nothing to do with them. People like my uncle, ex-wives, and all people I have been friends with that have turned out to be people I do not or have not come to agreement with. Nothing is ever gained by listening only to people that I agree with. It is impossible to be a student of life when there are no questions to ask, since everyone is in agreement or are my friends.
 
Past And Present
 
When I apply the quotes of Jesus to my past enemies it becomes easy to see that my own issues have been at least half if not more of the problem. When problems arose I never confronted them with questions as a student but passed judgement because I felt things should be done differently. I used my own reasonings. Through these quotes of God I have learned not to ignore my enemies but to confront them with questions that lead to understanding and resolution. It does not always happen but it is possible to reach out and be friends no matter the circumstances.
 
If hostile situations had never existed it would be impossible to gain any understanding. I would still be caught up with the hatred for my past enemies with blinding knowledge that exist. But Jesus teaches to forget about it or forgiveness. Relieving our minds from the beliefs that caused the hatred.
 
How Do We Communicate With Someone We Do Not Like
 
Can you imagine how many families and relationships would be reunited with this attitude? Instead we ask, “How can anyone communicate with someone when they do not like us?” Quite frankly, I find it impossible in many situations. When this happens we just move on. As Jesus says, “Shake off the dust and move on.” By having compassion for our enemies we can at least ask questions to get to know what differences exist between us. It is always selfishness that gets in the way, each party wanting to impose their own values upon each other. When we do not like someone the first thing is to ignore them and anything they say. This form of foolishness separates us from the people that are closest to us and a precursor to anger. In doing this we become blinded by our own ways, unwilling to learn.
 
Love The Ones Your With
 
It is very easy to have compassion for the ones that love us. Unfortunately in relationships of all kinds there is fall out, love turns to dislike, then hatred. Instead of our friend loving us they now despise us and become our enemy. Just look at divorce, two people who once loved one another become enemies that often extends to hatred. What does this teach our children? It is easier to pick up and leave a relationship rather than to stick with it and overcome the obstacles that exist. Taking on the attitude of a student we look for resolution. By investigating and concluding we create new questions for engagement, building respect between the parties involved.
 
This not only happens in our relationship with others it also happens with God. When we are not seeking understanding from Jesus, and we are following others, He becomes our enemy and we separate ourselves from His quotes unwilling to apply them to our lives.
 
Remember when reading any quotes from Jesus, it is important to read them selflessly as a student and as a parable to life. In doing this, look for continuity within other quotes and multiple applications to life. Please keep in mind my opinions are a reflection of my view of the quotes of Jesus. Reading them as a parable allows everyone the opportunity to digest the content selflessly on their own level.