Have you ever known that person that just frustrates you. They insult you, lie to you, and treat you terribly. They seem to have no decency, and will do anything to try to make you unhappy. Perhaps I’m exaggerating, but we all have known someone who fits at least one of those qualities. How do you treat that kind of person?
It is our natural reaction to reject them, turn our backs on them, and wish them a good life. Or, insult them back, or get "revenge." Or, maybe a fist in their face feels a little more appropriate. Whatever the negative reaction, it is not Christ-like.
Christ commanded us, "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." (Luke 6:35) Notice the word "love," yes, that one. Love is an action verb. Love is an action. Christ did not command, "Don’t hate them." He commanded "Love them."
Let me ask you, who treats you terribly? Who disrespects you? Who is the last person you want to be around? Are you loving that person? I would like challenge you, take some positive action toward that person. Give them a compliment. Do them a favor. Maybe even give them a gift.
Let’s show others God’s love for them through our actions that the name of Christ may be glorified!
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." – 1 Peter 3:9
"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." – Luke 6:35