“Love your enemies!” and “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” These must be two of the most famous lines in the bible. They are also famously difficult to live up to. The key to successfully achieving these two commands, I think, can be found within compassion. Think for a moment about who your enemies are. Why are they your enemies? Have they wronged you in some way? Why did they do that? Perhaps they were wronged themselves. Maybe not by you, or maybe you do have a part to play. It doesn’t really matter who your enemies are or why they are your enemies. What matters is that you can see them as just like you. If you can love yourself then surely you can love those who you can see as like yourself.
Now think about the last time you made a poor judgment of someone based on what they said or something they did. I think the chances are fairly high that you think you would never say or do what they did. Now think of a time when you felt judged. I reckon you probably felt that they had not heard the whole story. I think you might have felt that if you could explain properly or show the whole story, their judgment might have been different, better perhaps.
Luke 6:35-38 NLT
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”
Often we think others will just judge us badly what ever the situation. Which is to say that we pre-judge others badly. My goal is to try and do what it says and have a little faith that the Lord knows what he is talking about. If God can love me despite all my sin, doubt and ingratitude, then maybe I can try to see the better side of my enemies. Perhaps I can act with compassion towards those who want to fight me and those who want to judge me.
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29, Luke 6:12-38, Psalms 67:1-7, Proverbs 11:27