This is definately one of the hardest things to do in life. And practiced by very few. I truly think that once you have achieved the enlightenment of what it really means to LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY, one will understand what Jesus Christ meant by the Title Quote of this entry.
Jesus’ principles of how to treat our fellow Man is truly a way of life that is part of DIVINE LAW; not manmade laws. “To love our enemies”; and to “Forgive those who Tresspass Against Us”, all words of Jesus Christ’s Teachings…requires to conquer the sinful human nature which would make us “only love those that love us back”; and to “stay angry at those who have wronged/tresspassed against us”.
What did Jesus mean by these teachings? I think it is very simple….God Loves us all: The Sinner; The Lost; The Faithful; The Angry; The Sick; The Poor; The Rich; The Believer, and the Nonbeliever. God loves us ALL, as His Creations, all the same. For those who believe that Jesus came and contradicted what God had preached in the Old Testament of the Bible, I think then, that they have completely missed God’s points within that book to begin with. Jesus came to live on this earth, to show us how to differentiate between MANMADE LAWS and DIVINE LAWS, when it comes to seeking God. Jesus’ message was quite consistent with God’s teachings; we just have to “read between the lines”. Look at how Jesus chose the disciples that He did; they came from ALL DIFFERENT PATHS OF LIFE. From fishermen, to taxcollectors, to doctors, to warriors. Even those that He has healed along His Journeys on this earth, they were all condemned by Man and their Manmade Laws, but through their faith, Jesus told them that they were healed in the Eyes of God, through their faith in believing that God can help them of their wrongs and faults. Such love is truly unfathomable….and it is always awaiting for us with arms wide open, from Up Above.
In the Sermon the Mount, Jesus told us about the GOLDEN RULE: “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE DONE UNTO YOU.” People today, have completely lost sight of this rule. Whatever the reason may be, it all comes down to one theme in this reasoning, and that is of the “SELF”; and using earthly logic to explain what is divine in logic, which is beyond all earthly parameters. Think about it, to Unconditionally Love, is there any logic (of what we understand) to it? Examples of this would be love shared between a parent and a child; a pet and its master; husband and wife; siblings for each other….this love is undying…relentless….and sacrificial in nature. Well, through the Golden Rule, Jesus is saying that God tells us to love this way for EVERYONE that walks in our life paths; and to not carry any ill feelings for our fellow neighbor. I know that this is one of the hardest things to do. This is why Jesus said this, as a reminder for us, when we feel that we have become so weak to the ways of this world….remember “would we like to be treated, the way we have treated another….?”
So, next time, when you are feeling weak to the ways of this world….ask yourself this question, “Would you like to be treated, they way that you have treated others?” The reward is far greater in following God’s Laws, that are NOT in line with Manmade Laws….than to give in to human nature that IS in line with Manmade Laws.