How can a man love his enemies?
Is it possible to love enemies? Is it possible to love avengers, thieves, murderers? After all, they cause so much evil! Christ, through His life and death, showed what can and should be done. But how and for what? There are many reasons, let's try to figure it out.
As has been said many times, love is the greatest gift from God. It can be expressed in different ways: to a spouse, child, friend, neighbor. Is it possible to treat them badly, especially if these people benefit? It seems normal to everyone to thank those who make us something pleasant.
But Christ presents an absolutely opposite lesson: “Love your enemies
Foes in their own family
In this context, the enemies are understood as people who hurt us, unpleasant. In the explanatory dictionary Dahl find such explanations of the word "enemy": the enemy, the ill-wisher seeking to cause harm. And no more clarifications. That is, it does not have to be a serial killer or, for example, a country house neighbor who has stolen your entire strawberry crop.
Does the son of a slob harm the mother? And how many cases there are when young guys go to jail and even after all this, mothers come to visit them. Or husband-tyrants. There is even an expression: if it hits, it means that the sequel is known to all.
Such people harm their behavior. If you agree with the dictionary, they automatically fall into the category of enemies. But don't they need love? How does Christianity look at it?
About sin and opposition
The behavior of the person who brings harm is a consequence of the sinner’s worldview. A man under the influence of the devil does what we think is nasty. It does not have to be a serial killer or a suicide bomber.
When sin enslaves our loved ones, it becomes very difficult to love them. But this does not at all mean “no need”, “no need”, “impossible”. The greatest lesson on the topic “How to love enemies” is given by Christ himself. He constantly communicated with sinners. Tax collectors and fornicators remained near Him all the time. Even when Jesus was crucified, He, on the cross, prayed: “Father! Let them go, they do not know what they are doing ... "
Just imagine how hard it is for God! A person who transgresses the commandments constantly becomes an opponent of the Lord and the “friend” of the evil one, but ... God does not abandon the sinner.
Love your enemies ...for chances to escape
Yes, detractors help us move in the direction of the Kingdom of Heaven. How?
- Indicate imperfections.
- Prevent our mistakes.
- Give the opportunity to show virtues.
Now let's see how this works.
We are accustomed to treat people well for a reason, and for something: for care, attention, gifts, looks ... If so, then you can love your enemies for straightforwardness and a chance to be humbled. Have you ever thought that ill-wishers are doing a great service: help to escape? Friends very rarely point out our shortcomings, but our enemies are happy! The main thing is to perceive it correctly and change.
There is an expression: learn from the mistakes of others. If a person hurts you, try to learn from this lesson and do not harm others. Try to do exactly as you would like to do to you. Do you dream about being so rude to you in your minibus, your friend was offended, and the neighbors stopped even to say hello?
Detractors give us many reasons for the manifestation of virtues. You have done badly - answer good. You were rude - you apologized and smiled.Offended by you - you first asked for forgiveness. You were cursed - you prayed. Of course, it will be difficult, there will be breakdowns ... But the path to paradise is far from easy.
In addition, the enemies have become so due to sin. That is, they do us dirty tricks, not only on their own, but under the influence of the evil one. Every time you do not lead to a provocation, the person is supposedly angry even more. This is actually the reaction of demons. They are not accustomed to the fact that people ignore their inventions.
This bad man who has become a detractor for you, and so unhappy. His freedom of choice devours the devil. If you still begin to be offended or take revenge, then the number of bad people in this world will increase, and the demons will start celebrating a double victory prematurely.
Loving enemies is one of the most difficult commandments. The next time you decide to hate someone and condemn him as an ill-wisher, remember first all your vices, then Christ on the cross and the greatest Love revealed to the world.