The other day I was on-line and I came across a horrible story where a child got hurt. In the comments of this story I said that I was praying for the soul of the person who hurt the child. Suddenly I was being attacked for not caring about the child. Nothing could be farther from the truth, I had actually been a victim of the same kind of abuse as a kid. I could not help but have empathy for the child, but my comment wasn’t about the child, it was about the monster.
People who do terrible things, often have terrible things in their past, and are severely wounded individuals. It’s easy to love the people who have never done anything wrong to them. The world’s most terrible people have loved someone, so loving a person who loves you back just makes you one of billions of other people who do the same. Christ calls us higher, he doesn’t want us to be one of billions, he wants us to be one of his.
[ Love Your Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. …