Jesus tells us to love our enemies. This requires supernatural strength and faith. Moreover, it requires a heavenly perspective. The enemies of the cross are in a merciless prison. Just because some of the cells in this prison have an appearance of comfort only makes the incarceration all the more insidious. We are called to a love that stretches so far beyond our abilities that in our own mind we can’t even conceptualize it. God will give us the faith that we need to fulfill this commandment. It doesn’t mean we roll over. It doesn’t mean we don’t stand for God. It doesn’t mean we yield the battlefield to the enemy. It means we know why we are called into this spiritual battle. The enemies of the Lord are still in the prisons that we ourselves were once in. The cross of Christ is available for all. Many will refuse the free gift of salvation, but when we remember the prisoners it should motive us to get our strength exclusively from God.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.