Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. On these two commandments hang the law and the prophets so this is a weighty command. He wants us to love the unlovable and He will heap burning coals on them if we obey that command.
It isn’t a suggestion but a command to love your enemy as well as your friend. Jesus said,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48
Think about the great example that Jesus set for all of us for all of history. He said to forgive them Father for they know not what they do. This was after they beat him beyond recognition and they drove nails through his wrists and they drove a nail through his feet and He still asked the Father to forgive Him.
Think about it, we as a race crucified Jesus on the cross. ( He did go by choice because of His great love for us). Look at Isaiah 53:3-5” He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as if our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He knew grief all His natural life and He was a man of many sorrows but He kept loving us and ministering to us because He had and still has such great love for us. Jesus took loving your enemies to a whole other level and He expects us to walk in that same love toward our enemies. You may say “Yeah but He was God but He laid aside His divinity when He came to earth.”
He totally depended on the Holy Spirit to love His enemies when they mistreated Him so poorly. By the same Holy Spirit we too can love our unlovable neighbors.