"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,Luke 6:27(NASB)
Just as true wisdom is spiritually discerned so godly love is only possible in the life of a believer, who is walking in spirit and truth. Godly love is very different from the selfish, self-seeking human love of the natural man or the carnal Christian. Godly love is a love that transcends human understanding.. a love that has died to all self-centered, human motivation.Godly love is a love that allows the supernatural love of Christ to be freely manifested within a believers life.
One of the many astonishing things that Christ taught His disciples was to love their enemies and to do good to those that hated them. Jesus called them to bless those that cursed them and to pray for those who despitefully used them. He taught that they should not return evil for evil but should exhibit godly grace and divine love.. in order to reflect the beautiful characteristics of our heavenly Father - so that men might see their good deeds and glorify His holy name.
Just as true wisdom is spiritually discerned so godly love is a divine characteristic, which is only available to the child of God, who is walking in spirit and truth. Human love is influenced by emotions, whereas divine love is a matter of the will - a will that is guided by the indwelling Spirit of God and a heart that is content to say, 'Thy will not mine be done in my life'.
But the supernatural love of God is an incredible weapon in the Christian's armoury. It is a spiritual weapon of war that can only be wielded by the one who is in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit. It is only as the love of Christ is manifested within our heart.. that we are enabled to love our enemies, to do good to those that hate us, to pray for those that despitefully use us and to return nothing but kindness to those that mock us and ridicule us - hate us and kill us.
Godly love is a divine characteristic that is outside the nature and understanding of unregenerate man. Loving our enemies and doing good to those that are unkind to us and spitefully use us can never be achieved in our own strength or self-effort. Godly love is not something that we can learn through education or develop through a training programme. The divine love of God flows from an attitude of heart that places Christ in the centre of every aspect of their life.
Heavenly Father, thank You that by faith in Christ I have a new nature. I pray that I may live and grow more like the Lord Jesus in the choices I make. Father I know that I can never love those that hate and despise me in my own strength... but I pray that in Your grace You would help me to make the right choices - so that my will is align to Your perfect will - so that Your love flows through me to others.. to Your praise and glory in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.