Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
The normal human approach is what Jesus mentions first ‘to love one’s neighbour and hate their enemy’. That is a no brainer! In fact, I am quite surprised that anyone would want to present it as an issue for deliberation because by default, you expect your neighbour to have good will towards you and your enemy to exact a frequency of hatred which you will have to match.
However, Jesus ignores that approach and recommended the doing of something else that humans are not inclined to do by default – ‘love your enemies and pray for those who hate you’. Triggers a soft laugher and some shock doesn’t it?
But yeah, it is what He says and He doesn’t take those words back. He actually does invite us into a life that is ‘higher than’. A way of living that is beyond what is normal because otherwise all we become is: ‘just like everybody else’.
Beloved, what God desires is for us to stand out both in word and in deed so that when we are present, others will see us and glorify God because of us.