One-sided enemies

but I say to you, love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those accusing you falsely and persecuting you. Matt 5:44 YLT

We cannot help it when people consider us their enemies but we do have a choice about whether we consider them our enemies. The relationship that others think they are having with us does not have to define the relationship we are having with them. When people show animosity towards us our knee-jerk respond in kind. Love and blessing and goodwill may not seem like our default setting but these are the very responses that lie within the new creation that Christ has made us. What would change about our most stressed relationships if we simply stopped viewing people as enemies?

Lord, thank you that I don’t have to make enemies of those who have made an enemy of me.