READ: Matthew 5:43-48 "You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in Heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect."
Let's face it - sometimes we find it hard to love others. But as Christians, we are commanded by Jesus himself to love others! Jesus even takes it one step further - he says that it's not that hard to love someone who loves you, but to show real Christianity, we are to love our enemies, and not just our enemies, but even those who persecute us.
The best example that I can think of this is Corrie Ten Boom, author of the book 'The Hiding Place', who served time in a German concentration camp after she and her sister, Betsy, were arrested for trying to hid the Jews. Corrie years found herself face to face with a German guard who was very mean to her and her sister. He had become a Christian and had asked for her forgiveness. Corrie forgave him with the help of Jesus!
We may never face such painful persecution as the Boom sisters, but we will still have people who just don't care for us and we as Christians need to strive to love them as Christ has loved us. With His help - this can be done.
Dear Jesus - help me to love everyone, even those who don't treat me right, talk badly about me, and hurt me. Forgive me when I have fallen short in this. I want to be YOUR CHILD and I need your help to live as perfect as possible. Help me to be more like you each and every day. Amen.