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Loving our Enemies and Making Peace

Romans 5:8

But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


I stand before you today to share a profound message that is profoundly counterintuitive yet extraordinarily transformative. It is a message that holds the power to change our lives and our world – the divine call to love our enemies and make peace. This principle that is rejected by the logic of the world is rooted in the supernatural spirit of our Christian faith, inspired by the teachings of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


It might seem almost impossible in a world where vengeance, resentment, and hatred often reign supreme. But remember, we are followers of the one who said, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:27-28). Essentially, this call is not to deny the existence of enemies or the harm they may inflict. Instead, it is a divine invitation to rise above our natural inclinations of resentment and retaliation, to manifest God's unconditional love and forgiveness, even unto the least deserving.


When we talk about loving our enemies, it does not mean we must agree with them or disregard their wrongdoings. It means acknowledging that every individual, friend or foe, is a precious creation of God. It means bearing witness to the divine image in every person and daring to believe that even the hardest of hearts can be softened by the touch of God's love.


This love is not passive; it is active, engaging, and transformative. It takes courage to love those who have wronged us, to shed bitterness and embrace forgiveness. But in doing this, we align ourselves with God's grace, bringing healing, reconciliation, and peace. We become instruments of God's peace in a world longing for love and unity.


Making peace, however, does not happen overnight. It is an ongoing process that begins within each one of us. As Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9). Hence, each time we choose love over hatred, forgiveness over resentment, and dialogue over dispute, we embark on a path of peace-making, reflecting our heavenly Father's character.


To love our enemies and make peace, we need to delve deeper into the wisdom of God's Word, draw strength from prayer, and lean on the Holy Spirit's guidance. We need to open our hearts to God's love, let it transform us, and then extend this love outward. When we do this, we find that our enemies are no longer the objects of our hatred but become the subjects of our prayers and love.


As we navigate this often-challenging journey, let us remember the example of our Saviour Jesus Christ. He showed us the ultimate act of loving an enemy when He prayed for those who crucified Him, saying, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). His life, death, and resurrection remind us that love always prevails. Love disarms hostility, bridges divisions, heals wounds, and ushers in peace.


Beloved, let us dare to love, to make peace, and to embody the teachings of Christ. As we do so, we not only transform our lives but also impact those around us. Our actions may inspire others to reject hatred and embrace love, creating a ripple effect of peace and unity. For is not this the Kingdom of God we strive to build on Earth? A Kingdom of love, forgiveness, and peace where every heart is touched by the grace of God.


It is not an easy path, but it is a worthy one. Let us walk it together, drawing strength, wisdom, and courage from our Lord Jesus Christ, who showed us the way. In this journey, may we continually remember that the power of love is more significant than the love of power. Through love and peace, may we truly become the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and the ambassadors of Christ.