TEXT: Matthew 5:43-45
Amy Carmichael said, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
In this passage, Jesus lets us know that the only way we can truly love our enemies is by giving of ourselves -- by our prayers, words, and deeds. He shares three ways that we can do this. First, He says, "Bless them that curse you." We should invoke blessings over our enemies instead of wishing for bad things to happen to them. Then, He says, "Do good to them that hate you." We ought to act in a manner that is positive in response to negativity from others.
Third, He tells us to love our enemies by "praying for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."