Sometimes people just want to know the rules for living. Children and young people test the limits of what they can get away with. They want to know the rules of the parents, the limits. Get a new job and you need to know what is expected of you, the boundaries. I talked to one woman who got a new job this week and she was just thrown into her new responsibilities with no training. We need to know. Jesus followers have gathered around him in Luke 6, and these are the rules. “Make a commitment to me” he says, “If you are going to play on my team ~ then you must love your enemies ~ and this is how you do it.”
Loving your enemies does not come naturally. The prayer we’d rather pray is expressed by a well known Irish Blessing I’m pretty sure God does not want us to pray:
May those who love us, love us;
and those who don’t love us,
may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
may he turn their ankles
so we’ll know them by their limping.