Respond in Love “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, (Matthew 5:43-44 NKJV) I have four kids. The Lord is continually using my kids to teach me life lessons. These verses make me think about when my kids are playing together and my oldest does something that makes the little ones cry. The crying and the anger only lasts for a moment and once the moment passes they are happy and playing together again. But then, it happens again only its a different kid who's feelings got hurt this time. But, again the moment passes, they forgive each other and move on as if nothing ever happened. Why can't it be that easy for me? Why can't I just let it go? As an adult, the words spoken in Matthew 5 aren't an easy thing for me to hear, let alone do. I have definitely been wronged, hurt, and used on more than one occasion. My first instinct is to respond with hatred or a want to hurt them back, to get revenge so that they can feel the same pain that they made me feel. But Jesus clearly states exactly how I should be reacting. I should be reacting in love. I should be reacting like Jesus would. He has been so faithful to show me the things in my life that need to be sifted. These verses may be difficult to comprehend but I know that it is not impossible. I love how He tells us to LOVE our enemies, bless them, do good to them, and pray for them. The Lord has shown me that as a Christian I need to be sanctified, to be set apart. I can't respond the way the world responds. I need to respond in love. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 NKJV) Verse 35 tells us that the world will know that we are Christians by our love! Jesus tells us to love like he loves and He is our ultimate example. As we go throughout this week lets think of Him in all things and in doing so let our response to everyone we come in contact with be love. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.