“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”
Luke 6:27-31 NLT
About 10 years ago, while I was waiting for a bus in front of my University in Brazil, a man came to me. He had red eyes and he was very stinky. He had something in his hand covered by a towel. The only thing I could see was the tip of a metal tube. My only thought was: “He has a gun”. Long story short, he stole my jacket because he didn’t find any money with me. I remember that after that, I was so angry and upset, and probably even cursing that man.
Recently I had a similar experience in Japan. After arriving home from the Sunday Service, I parked my bicycle under the stairs of my place and locked it with a chain. In the next day, I was leaving home and my bicycle was not there anymore. Someone cut the chains, got my bicycle and left a super old and broken bicycle behind. I went to the police station filled up a report and never saw my bicycle again.
The difference between these 2 stories is my action after what happened. Of course, both I was frustrated. But on my way home from the police station I actually prayed for the person that took my bicycle. And it wasn’t a selfish prayer, but I prayed for God to bless that person and that he may have the opportunity to know God’s love wherever he is. And I had peace.
What Jesus wants to teach me is to do the unexpected. That I need to show a difference in my life by loving not only the people who I already love, but love those who I find difficulty to love. Love those who hurt me, who hate me, who curse me, who physically hurt me. Bu doing this, Jesus continues saying:
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.”
Lovely Father, help me to do the unexpected to other people. Do to other as I would like them to do to me. Help me to make a difference in peoples lives. Not only those who I care about but the ones who is hard to love. As you showed me grace and mercy, help me also to show your love to other people. In Jesus Name I pray.