“But here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” – Matthew 5:44
Next to the greatest commandment (loving God) is to love your neighbor as yourself. It is so easy to love and care for those people who do the same to us. And loving people whom we know have betrayed, hurt, or looked down on us is definitely another story. Yet, Jesus calls us to love and even pray for them.
What Jesus is teaching us, when he said to love your enemies, is to display an unconditional love. It’s not a love that says ‘because…’ but a love that says ‘in spite of…’ It’s a love made by a decision and not inspired with purely emotion. It is a love that sees not only the physical appearance but a person in God’s perspective. It’s the kind of love which the Father and Son displayed into the world.