"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matthew 5:44-45)
Jesus makes a bold command in his sermon on the mount when he tells us in Mathew 5:44-45 to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Why? Jesus goes on to say, "So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven..."
One of the factors that make us vulnerable to sin is when we are mistreated. We want revenge. We become angry. Pride rises in us because we want to be right. And perhaps the biggest area that we can fall into, especially within the baseball wives community, is gossip.
When we feel as though we’ve been mistreated by another wife or our husband has been mistreated by another player or coach, one of our first inclinations is to "vent" and gossip to another wife. Sisters, we need to guard our hearts from this!
Jesus was mistreated in many ways that make me cringe. He was mocked, stoned, and lashed out against verbally; yet as we see in Matthew, he loved his enemies. He also forgave them. One of the most gripping acts of forgiveness by our Lord (and He has surely been mistreated here) comes in Luke 23:34. Jesus is on the cross and he cries out, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." That gives me chills!
The next time we have been mistreated let's look to Jesus on how to love and forgive our enemies.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for a new day in You! Forgive me when I turn and walk away from those who are hard to love. Thank you for your perfect example on how to love and forgive our enemies. You are worthy of our praise.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 5:43-48