In Matthew chapter five, verses 43 through 45, Jesus tells us, “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 sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
This is yet another example of Jesus’ commandment to us to love others as ourselves. When we sometimes do things or say things that hurt other people, most of the time we understand why we did it and we expect to be understood and forgiven. Sometimes it is because of something simple like having had a bad day or a body ache that put us in a bad mood, and we know that we really didn’t mean to transgress against the person.
Jesus wants us to give this same understanding to others, because he knows the details of everyone’s life in the same that way that we know about our own, and he knows what motivates all of our behaviors from the time that we are born. He loves us all with a depth that is beyond our comprehension, and he wants us to love others the way that he loves all of us. He wants us to put our trust in him and his love for others, and to lean on the fact of his love for others when we are confused about why they are behaving in a way that hurts or bewilders us. When we put our trust in his unconditional love for everyone, it can help us to forgive their behavior and extend his love to them through our own hearts, trusting in his compassion even when we don’t feel it ourselves.
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