I’ll admit it, I have a bit of fighter tendencies within me. In the words of Queen Elizabeth I in 1588- ” I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart of a King.” However, a wise man once cautioned the world to “choice their battles” and this is becoming clear to me with each passing day.
When someone is coming against what I believe, my first instinct is to “set them straight” but I am realizing that that is how wars begin. We are called to love, not to fight. Arguing with everyone who disagrees with my worldview is not “doing good” to the people we are to share our lives with.
Love your enemies. Wow- that’s hard.
I find it is one thing to forgive someone who has wronged me, but when they are coming against everything that I believe in… it’s painful and history has witnessed what persecution can do, I think this leads us to feel like we need to “set them straight”. But I realized today that God doesn’t need me to defend him. That’s not my job. It is my calling to LOVE. Love and nothing more.
It’s easy to love those who love me back. It’s a challenge to love those who seek to bring you down. But love is my calling- love shall be my life.
Love is not the mushy, romanticy, fuzzy feelings that we experience. Love is the grinding, difficult, daily struggle of laying your life down and putting the other person before your needs and wants. It is not easy to truly love.
But today I will choose love. And tomorrow and I will choose love. Love is my calling.
 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.
 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.