27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. Luke 6:27-28
In this life there will be those who hate us because we follow Jesus Christ. As we can see from news reports around the world that IsIs and other Islamic Terrorist groups are dead set on trying to rid the world of Christianity. But the question is how are we to respond? Are we to respond with weapons and violence? The answer is no. We are to respond the same why our Lord and Savior did.
Those who persecute and hate us are blinded by the lies and deception of Satan. Satan has so blinded the hearts of those who are lost in this world. We are to respond in love and we are to pray for those who persecute us. We are to pray that their eyes would be open to the truth. We are to love them with the love of Christ and we are to extend the grace and mercy of God toward them.
When we come to Christ our lives are no longer our own. So if we are injured because of the name of Jesus we should see it as a very high honor. There is no greater honor on this earth than to suffer for the name of Jesus. It is not comfortable or even enjoyable, but it is the Lord who gives us the strength and power to endure everything we will face upon this earth.
When we abide in Him and spend time daily in God’s word and prayer our hearts and minds become one with His. As our lives are transformed and our hearts are changed we began to see things around us as the Lord sees things. We begin to react and make decisions as the Lord would make decisions. When people rise up against us desiring to injure us or even end our lives, we don’t fight back, we love them as the Lord would love them.
This is not something that is accomplished in our own strength. It is accomplished in the might and power of the Holy Spirit. But it requires that we seek the Lord daily and spend time in His presence. It requires that we draw near and make seeking the Lord the priority of our lives. As we grow more in Him, we decrease as He increases. This walk with Jesus is about being transformed. The more we draw near to Him, the more our lives are transformed.