Key verse: Matthew 5:44-45 - KJV
44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Love is a word put to general use. It however has its law. Many people have lived on earth believing they know love without knowing it. For instance, by scriptural accounts, there was an Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, various judges, prophets, kings including David and so forth who lived on earth before. Some of them pioneered many things: Adam was the first man created; Noah was the one God used to preserve creation after a devastating flood; Abraham was God’s choice of setting up a showcase nation of how to relate with God; Moses was the one God spoke with mouth to mouth to rescue His showpiece from bondage of lesson; the judges were to lead against adversaries and their role was transferred to the kings. The prophets spoke as the mouth piece of God in shaping human behavior. But none of these typically understood the law of love. They put up aggression against anyone whom they assumed was against them or their God and therefore hated them or refused to accord them love. No wonder Christ said of all of them that lived before John the Baptist, none of them was greater than John. So, who was John? He may be described as the last of the prophets of the old order. He was not so obsessed with destroying perceived enemies but was full of venom for perceived iniquities and sin. This basically is unlike God who is Love Himself. Though, he was not like those before him, yet, John did not measure up enough for the Kingdom whose baseline is love.
Love is simply doing unto others as we would have them do to us. Better still, it is about discountenancing grudge, enmity, malice and the likes that makes us aggrieved against our fellows. Even though as men, we are most disrespectful towards God, that is considering His being beside ours, and yet, He still expresses His love towards us. Though we disobey Him, He does not stop His oxygen from assisting our lungs; neither does He stop His sun from shining for us. He does not leave us completely in the hands of the devil, our main enemy. Rather, He comes to our aid moving to protect us from destruction which is the mind of the enemy for us. To be like Him therefore, we are to also love those we think are our enemies, praying for them, doing good towards them. This is the way of the true children of God who are those for the kingdom unlike John and those before him. Will you be one of them? Then you need to understand and obey the law of love.
Pray: Father, please help me to obey the law of love by your Spirit, in Jesus name.