Of all the requirements that Jesus taught regarding the proper way to lead a Christian life, none is more difficult to carry out than this simple verse. It's easy to love those who love you and it's also relatively easy to show kindness and love to those you don't know. But loving someone who is your enemy, someone who has done you harm and is likely to do so again is a very tough mountain to climb, yet it is what is expected of each of us.
Why does Jesus require this of us? He does so because we are expected to do everything we can to live as he did. And while he knows we will falter at times along the way, making the commitment to love Him means we must love all of mankind. After all, His entire life on earth was devoted to teaching us what was expected and then, in the end, to die for us so that we might have the opportunity to receive Salvation through Him. He never stopped loving those who harmed Him and we are expected to do the same. Yet sometimes we might misinterpret what He meant so we will talk about that this morning.
There is no better way to discuss His expectations for us than to use a human example of a person, small in stature but strong in heart, who even though not a Christian represented what he was calling for. The person we will discuss was, in fact, a devoted Jew of the 20th century who lived her life to establish a nation that has always been scorned by man on the earth, yet is one which was truly intended to prosper by God. We will talk about Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister from 1969-74, for through her thoughts and actions she always sought peace with her antagonistic neighbors. At the end of her life, she found it, even though it has not been a lasting one.
I hope you'll join us today and, of course, it will be available on demand after the live program. Here's the link: