love your enemies, have compassion on everyone…

This has become a common theme, I know, but John Piper talks about the contradiction many of us have in those to whom we have compassion.

This is why aligning with a political party is seldom consistent with Jesus’ message, regardless of what most people think.  We are all guilty of treating compassion towards one group as more important than compassion towards another group.  The sanctity of life includes far more than just the unborn.  It also includes the poor.  It also includes the unwed mothers who decided against abortion.  It includes the homosexuals in your community.  It includes your boss.  It includes the guy who cut you off this morning on your way to work.  It includes the inconsiderate jerk who lives next door.

Love your neighbor as yourself.  I think that in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus made it clear that our “neighbor” should be anyone and everyone we come across, regardless of differences.  I asked my youth the other night how we could better love our enemies, and one of them said, “Don’t have any.”  Don’t have any enemies.  View them all as your neighbor, no matter how different they are, no matter how much they disagree with you, no matter how much they abhor you.  Love them as you love yourself.  This is way that Jesus would have us follow.

Its a hard way to walk, but its what we are called to.

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3 thoughts on “love your enemies, have compassion on everyone…

  1. I think that’s why the way is narrow; it’s so much easier to pick a party and go with it.

    Jesus’ message only makes sense in the scope of eternity and in the realm of authentic faith. Every time we make Him the banner for something other than Himself we lose something important.

    I like your youth’s response to the question of how to love enemies.

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