“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:27-31 NIV

In life you will have to deal with difficult people. It’s inevitable. My wife and I were traveling recently and encountered a hateful young lady who seemed to dislike customers. She scowled at me and said, “I can’t understand what you want – a minibun or the middle!” I said, “I’m glad you figured it out. I want both. Thank you and have a blessed day.” She came back to herself and said, “Thank you.” My wife asked me, “Why do people have to be so mean?”

These are the people that Jesus wants us to love the hell out of. So many people are tormented by demonic spirits to the point that they don’t even realize they are being hateful, sarcastic, and rude. For those of us that are filled with the Holy Spirit we must be able to love the hellish spirit out of tormented people. How do we do that?

  1. Do good to those that hate you. The writer of Proverbs says when you perform an act of kindness to your enemy it’s like heaping burning coals upon their chest. It goes against our natural response to be kind to those who hate us but it is supernaturally possible when we operate under the control of God’s Holy Spirit.
  2. Bless those who curse you. There are some people that don’t want to see you do good. You have to bless them because they really don’t know who you are in the spirit. Don’t pray for their demise. Bless them. You might be the one to get them back in the right road.
  3. Pray for those who mistreat you. I wonder what would’ve happened to America if Black people had not prayed for their oppressors? Dr. King modeled this for us. After getting hit in the head with bricks, punched, and stabbed he prayed for the souls of white people. The prayers of Black people have saved America from destruction.
  4. If someone takes something from you do not demand it back. This one was hard for me. I’ve had people take things from me and I had a good notion to go demand it back but I heard a still small voice tell me, “Don’t worry. I will give you twice as much as they took and they will not prosper for taking it!” You be the bigger person and don’t stoop to their level. God sees it and he will handle it. Leave them room to come back and repent.
  5. Do to others as you would want them to do to you. Sometimes people have been stuck in dysfunction for so long that they don’t know what real love looks like. You have to model a better way for them. Show them what real love and maturity looks like. 

You’re going to run into people who are full of hell but as a Holy Spirit filled follower of Christ you have to love the hell right out of them.

Dear God,

Help me to love people who act unlovable. Give me discernment to know when people are having a bad day and just need some extra love. When nothing else could help love lifted me. I remember being stuck in my anger and someone loved me out of it. Use me to spread more love and not return hate with hate. Evil cannot drive out evil, hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that! Show me how to love the hell out of people today!

In Jesus’ Name!