Love your enemies Matthew 5:43-48

Love your enemies Matthew 5:43-48 Lent Reflections

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

Jesus is very famous because of the many miracles that He performed. But His reputation had also spread throughout the land because of His many teachings, which appeared to be new and contrary to what everyone believes and follows.

One of Jesus’ amazing teachings say: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. This contrasts the false teaching to “love those who love you and hate those who hate you”.

The challenge of Jesus to love and pray for our enemies and for those who persecute us is our way to be truly recognized as children of our Heavenly Father. Our Father has no biases. He grants favors to both the good and the bad. He tests both the just and the unjust. He loves all, saints and sinners, just the same.

Our Father is loving and merciful both to those who love him and to those who reject Him. He looks with love to the righteous. In the same way, He is very much moved with compassion to those who are lost.

So, must we. We have to love not only those who love us, but those who hate us as well.


Lent is a time for a more intense prayer

We are invited to imitate the saints and the holy people who relentlessly pray for others, even for their enemies.

Furthermore, we are called to follow Jesus. He, who prayed lovingly for his executioners at the hour of His death, must be our ultimate model to advance in our prayer life.

Imitating Jesus means that we are to pray for the people who makes things difficult for us. They may be a family member, a friend, a colleague or a complete stranger.

We are to pray for the people who add much weight to our crosses.

We have to love those who insult us and look down on us.

We have to love those who mistreat us.

We have to love those who cause us much suffering and pain.

And how can we show our love? By our sincere prayer.

God alone knows why these enemies became part of our journey. These people we call enemies might even become our greatest “benefactors” in the long run. Through them, we can learn true and perfect love. Through them, we can become the tender-hearted and forgiving persons we never imagined. 


Strive for perfection

There is much joy in heaven if we are able to return the love that others give us. However, much more is the jubilation when we are able to love and pray for those who do not do any good to us. Perfect love springs forth from a heart that can pray for those who despise him and cause him much suffering. 

Our Lord is telling us that our tears, no matter how bitter they are, can become valuable pearls, if accompanied with loving prayers for those who caused them.

Just as our Father in heaven is perfect, so as His children, we also must strive for perfection. We must be perfectly tireless in loving the unlovable and in caring for those who are indifferent to us. We must never get tired of praying and forgiving those who hurt us. 

As children of a perfect Father, we must not return anger for anger, a curse for a curse, not even a cross for a cross. We must always give love, compassion and sincere prayers to those who are but so weak to do us any good.



How have I been handling past hurts and the little persecutions that I experience each day?

Do I pray for my enemies?

What is God’s challenge for me?


Love your enemies Matthew 5:43-48 Lent Reflections


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