Thursday, August 26th, 2010
"Continue to love your enemies and to do good" (Luke 6:35)
In his renowned Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his audience to love their enemies and to pray for those persecuting them. (Matthew 5:43-45) His disciples were to act lovingly toward all who showed hostility to them. According to the Gospel writer Luke, Jesus said: "I say to you who are listening, Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, to bless those who are insulting you." (Luke 6:27, 28) Like first-century individuals who took Jesus' sayings to heart, we "do good to those hating" us by responding to their hostility with gracious actions. We "bless those cursing" us by speaking to them in a kind way. And we "pray for those persecuting" us with physical violence or other forms of "insulting" treatment. Such petitions are loving requests that persecutors might have a change of heart and take action that brings them Jehovah's favor.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 2:3, 4)