“But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, 28 bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 Whoever strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one also [simply ignore insignificant insults or losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity]. Whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. Whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
How do we show agape love to others even our enemies? The Word instructs us in this endeavor. As Christians love is foundational. God is love and we as His children are also love but how do we express this love.
Sad to say but some Christians even in their own church don’t show love. Loving in Christ is based on truth, compassion, respect and honor. Love is not jealous. Love does no show contempt. Love does not seek to be above another. Love is not abusive. Loving someone is not about getting them drunk or high. Love does not gossip or condemn. Love lifts one up. Love respects the gifts of another person. Love lives in harmony. Love does not abandon.
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.
Spritual Support & Care Consultant