Colossians 1:21 NKJV - "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled."
Why should you love your enemies? Did God love His? And if you're quick to think of Jesus dying on the cross and asking His Father to "...forgive them for they know not what they do..." then you could say that God loved His enemies. But, do you think that should include you, too? What does our Daily Verse say? "...YOU, who once were alienated and enemies..." (emphasis mine). Were you an enemy to God? What does the verse say, again? The answer is that you were an enemy to God! And God loved you! He included you when He cried out to His Father to "forgive them..."
How should you love your enemies? How did God love His? Our Daily Verse also says He reconciled them,. That means He made things right between His enemies and God. In other words, Jesus didn't just love His enemies in words. He loved them in action! He didn't just want His enemies to know they were loved. He loved them enough to do what it took to stop them from being God's enemies! When He reconciled them to God He was removing what it was the made them enemies to God!
Does that help you in understanding HOW you're supposed to love your enemies? More about this in the next Daily Verses.
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