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Love your Enemies

The story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet always impacts me each time I read it (John 13:1-14). It is an example of selfless humility and love. When reading that story the other day it struck me that in washing the disciples' feet Jesus would have done that act of love to Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

Jesus then exhorted us to wash one another’s feet and even those of our enemies: “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14; KJV).

On the cross Jesus asked his Father to forgive those who crucified him: “Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, do them good and pray for them (Matt 5:44). We are told that we should never repay evil for evil and should be at peace with people (Rom 12:17-18).

Paul went on to say that God will deal with those who may choose to cause us harm (v 19). Our role is to overcome evil with good (love) and seek to be a blessing to those who are against us (v 20-21).

Isn't it amazing that we have a God who carries our burdens (Matt 11:28-30), protects us and fights our battles for us (2 Chron 20:15). We just need to trust (Prov 3:506), walk in love (Eph 5:2), and cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

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