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, – Matthew 5:44
I was teaching a youth bible group class one evening. After I read the passages and opened with discussion, one of the young men asked; “What does this (the Bible) have to do with us?” It was a good question and I’m sure there are some young and older adults asking this question today. Maybe there’s someone asking how does the Bible benefit us. Matthew 5:44 is a good place to start, especially in this day when violence, revenge, and selfishness are prevalent.
Jesus said back then and He is still saying it now, through the Holy Spirit that we should love. We should bless, do good and pray for people who don’t care about us and would hurt us in a heartbeat.
People in this world believe in retaliation, getting even, taking from, destroying who wronged us and slandering those who stand up against injustices and oppression. When these same people see us do the complete opposite, it glorifies God and causes them to wonder why we do what we do. Hopefully, it will peak their curiosity enough to ask why we do what we do.
The benefit of Matthew 5:44 is really not for believers. It is for others to see the glory of our Father which is in heaven. To experience unconditional love in a world that has requirements to be loved and usually those requirements are out of our reach.