When He spoke of love, it wasn’t passive. He wants us to act. Later in Matthew 5, He goes so far as to tell us we get no reward from loving those who already love us. (5:46)
Who are your child’s enemies?
- The sibling who steals the toys.
- The friend who didn’t sit next to them at school today.
- The “unfair” teacher who gave too much homework
Ask them to identify them, if they’re able.
How can they love them?
- Give them a toy before they try and steal the one they’re playing with.
- Make a point of telling that person that they missed sitting with them.
- Turn in all of the unreasonable homework, done well and with a smile.
Praying for them is one thing. But show them an act of love? For a child, heck, for an ADULT, this is one commandment that’s hard to swallow.
When we are wronged, we have to submit our natural urge to seek retaliation. Revenge isn’t sweet. It’s demeaning to the spirit of love that God has placed in our hearts.
Jesus makes a very bold statement. Some would say he was making a crazy statement.
Here’s where we have an opportunity. Jesus was always bold. Jesus was always controversial. Indeed, He was seen as crazy.
Crazy enough to be killed on a cross for what He proclaimed.
Loving our enemies is hard. Hard work is always rewarded, either intrinsically or extrinsically. Helping our kids learn this lesson early in life will help them in proclaiming their faith in the craziest way possible….
…through actually loving those who wrong us.
How have you taught your kids to love their enemies?
When has it been difficult in your own life to model this faith concept?
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