“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” ― Abraham Lincoln
Most of us would like to see our enemies destroyed (maybe not literally), but have we considered Lincoln’s view of destruction? When we are determined to treat others with love, we may win a friend or two along the way.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.Luke 6:32-33
I think we would all agree it is much easier to love our friends than to live the same way toward our enemies. Yes, the message is simple, but how is it accomplished? When our enemies succeed our tendency is to mourn and despise their success. When our enemies are suffering, our tendency is to find consolation in their pain and we rejoice.
Our “enemies” are human beings, just like us. Shouldn’t we extend the same kind of empathy and compassion we have received from God?