The world is full of examples of powerful people, organizations, employers, and countries that abuse or use others to get what they want. It is often effective, but can only provide temporary or earthly gain. It will not last beyond this life, and should not be emulated by those who follow the teachings of Christ. We have a greater purpose to love others, even our so-called enemies, in order to draw them to Him.
When we are persecuted, we are to bless and love others. For Christ blessed us with His life, saving us from ourselves and our sin. He also delivers us from those who persecute us. In the below scripture, the Apostle Paul was talking to Romans about how to fulfill the whole law of Christ.
Romans 13:8-10 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
We must be different. Take the challenge to love the next time someone does something wrong to you. Love them despite themselves as Christ loved you that fateful resurrection day almost 2,000 years ago.
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Ro 13:8–10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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