If I had one meal left, I wouldn’t spend it eating with my enemy.
If I had one night left, I wouldn’t spend it washing my enemy’s feet.
But Jesus did.
Because he is love.
Jesus knew Judas had betrayed Him.
Yet, Jesus didn't banish him from the room.
He included Judas in the disciples' final dinner together.
Jesus washed the disciples' feet, including Judas.
Even knowing he had been betrayed, Jesus continued to serve the one who betrayed him. Not to rub it in Judas' face. But out of sacrifical love.
Jesus was the perfect example of how to love your enemy. He knew full well that loving his enemy meant his death. He also knew that "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear" (1 John 4:18). He had no fear because he fully knew and trusted what was going to happen...even though it was going to be the most painful thing in the world.
Oh, Lord, give us Your love - this beautiful, sacrifical love without fear - for our enemy. Help us to trust in Your perfect plan, no matter the pain we feel. Give us Your strength and resolve to love the most difficult person who intends us harm. Your word reminds us that even though someone intends harm, You will always bring good from it.