Matthew 5: 38-39 “You have heard that it was said, eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”
LOVE: Love your enemies! Those are strong words when one has been hurt, however it’s a command from God’s word. Proverbs 25:22 says in so doing “you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” With this command to love those who have wronged us, there is a reward.
The ability to do this comes from the understanding that love is not just a feeling. Love is an attitude of the heart that draws from the nature of God. It takes having the Spirit of God within to love as commanded. The attributes of this love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, the Amplified Bible renders these verses of Scripture explicitly:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]
These attributes seem impossible when one is hurting, but making a deliberate action to do what Scripture says requires faith (adherence and trust in the reality of the Word of God). We love by faith! As we activate love by faith, we activate God’s reward, and His vengeance as He determines it’s necessary. So much power in this, however our responsibility is to love.
Take the challenge to meditate on this twice a day for 30days and you will see great improvement in your spiritual life!
Scriptures to Meditate on: Prov. 25:21-22, John 13:34-35, Rom.5:5, 1Pet.4:8