"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."
How exactly does a disciple of Jesus bless those who oppress and offend? It takes some real growth and maturity as a believer to take this step. Paul gives us the answer in his beautiful description of genuine love that “must be sincere.” Only by the love of Christ in you can you love this way.
Some of the most transforming stories tell of people who have been wronged in some way by another yet choose to forgive and even show love to the offending person. There are shadows of Christ’s love for us in the story of Corrie ten Boom forgiving and extending her hand to the concentration camp guard who previously tortured her. We hear echoes of Paul’s description of love when we know of a victim forgiving a criminal, a parent giving unending love to a hateful and rebellious child, a person being willing – if it is possible – to live at peace with a hardened spouse… all for the cause of Christ.
When the love in you is from Jesus Christ, you’ll be compelled to share it in some way and bless those who persecute and hurt you.
There is nothing we could do to make Jesus stop loving us. Let's love others out of the deep gratitude we have for that.