How to Love Your Enemy [Luke 6:35 Daily Devotional]
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
What is this verse about?
These are Jesus’s words as recorded by Luke. This moment in particular is a teaching moment by Jesus about how to treat our enemies. While most people would expect to hear that they should retaliate against their enemies, Jesus tells us to do the opposite. He tells us to love the people who don’t like us. That’s as shocking and difficult today as it was back then. Luckily, Jesus tells us how to love our enemies.
How to Love Your Enemy
There are two things that Jesus mentions here in this verse. The first is to serve your enemy, and the second is to give to your enemy. He guarantees a great reward in the next life if we can do these things because if we can do these things, we embody the heart of God.
- Serve your enemy. Serving your enemy requires humility, and a lot of it. Find ways to meet the practical needs of the people around you including your enemy.
- Give to your enemy. Just as serving requires humility, generosity requires trust. Jesus is telling us to lend without expecting anything in return. That’s hard enough to do with friends, but much harder with the people we don’t necessarily like. However, generosity breaks money’s grip on your life, so as you give, you experience freedom.
Lord, I thank you that you love the wicked and ungrateful because that means you love me. Help me to grow in serving and in generosity. Break the stranglehold money has on my life, and teach me to be humble enough to serve my enemy. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.