“If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.”
Someone lashes out at you. What do you do? Most initial reactions are to defend your honor. Respond back in a way you know will hurt and cut deep. Does this describe an interaction you have had before? Why are we concerned about defending ourselves when we have the conqueror of the death that defends our honor and tells us who we are through His love?
It is not our place to be the judge of others. When we respond with a harsh tongue we want to pass judgment and let them know that we think they are wrong. When we position ourself as a judge it is hard to imagine serving someone that we are concerned with condemning. We need to allow God to do his part of being the judge. We need to serve through love. Whatever that may look like for your life and the people in it. Maybe you need to have a meaningful conversation with that person that really bothers you. Ask them about who they are. Learn their background. Often you will find things that will help your heart soften towards them, but even if you don’t our job is to love.
Serving someone can look so different at so many different times. Some times it is as literal as feeding the homeless. Other times it is serving by choosing to not respond.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) In order to do many things for the kingdom and become servants of the Most High we have to let our outer shell die to produce a new stalk. When the grain of wheat falls to the earth the outer shell dies and the living part of the seed produces a new stalk. If we allow our selfish desires to preserve our status die and are humbled under Christ that is when our fruits will multiply through our service to the Lord. Then and only then will be able to love and serve our enemy.