Serving Jesus through discipleship

Love Your Enemies

In western culture we have a different idea of what love is than that of eastern cultures. In our culture, the word love denotes a feeling and in the eastern cultures, or at least in Bible times, the word love was an action. To love someone meant that you treated them well (see 1 Corinthians 13).

Shimei throwing stones at David outside of Bahurim

Shimei throwing stones at David outside of Bahurim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

King David knew what was to love his enemies! In 2 Samuel 16, we find David fleeing Jerusalem because his son Absolom had stolen the kingdom from his father. Along the road, a man named Shimei came out cursing David. SHimei threw stones at David and his party. Abishai, one of David’s generals and good friends, begged permission to cut off Shimei’s head. David’s response was, “If he curses, and if the LORD has told him, ‘Curse David’, then who shall say, ‘Why have you done so?'” David knew that Shimei would do him no harm and while Shimei was an enemy of King David, there was no point in harming him.

Could do that? If you were accosted and tormented by someone, would your reaction be to let that person be? Or would you want to avenge yourself? To get even for the wrong suffered! I wonder if Jesus had David in mind when he commanded “Love your enemies!”


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