Will you give me permission to share something intimate with you? Will you allow me the opportunity to pull back the curtain and expose the wires and strings and props? The things behind the camera, while filming, that you do not see on the movie screen. Some call it the inside scoop or behind the scenes.
What I desire to share with you is the secret behind loving your enemies. Loving the individual who desires your demise. Loving the racist across the street that hates the sight of you. Loving your wife who gave you a letter of divorcement or that man who struck you across the face. The father or mother who touched their little girl or boy inappropriately and now as an adult you hate them. The list of tragedies inflicted is endless, but as a Christian you are commanded to love everyone. This action becomes our definer.
The secret. You cannot do it alone. Loving your enemy is not natural. Sometimes loving your friend becomes difficult, worse yet, your spouse, who you committed to love until death. So what is the answer? Love God. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30). When you commit to this verse, the second command is put on autopilot. Some Christians try to work up a love for their enemies and this is not natural. If you run to the Lord and fill up on him, your nature changes and like Stephen in the Bible, you become able to be stoned and not express hate to the ones stoning you.
The world is evil and Christians are not called to reciprocate, however, you will, if you are not following the first command. Your love or hate for others is a direct reflection of your love relationship with God.
God is love (1 John 4:8). #Christians are love.
P.S. This does not mean we accept, condone, foster, or finance sin, but it does mean we are not moved to sin, because someone hates us.