In a video message posted Tuesday on DesiringGod.org, a site focused on glorifying God, Pastor John Piper reminds listeners that Jesus said, "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you," (Luke 6:26). Piper warns believers, "If you don't have any enemies, your godliness is probably not showing very well."
Christians will we be maligned, and all the more as American culture collapses around us as we take biblical stands over against worldly stands. We will be accused of things falsely. How will we respond to those who rise up against us? Love your enemies.
... Here’s another way to get at the complexity of loving our enemies. You’ve got a babysitter, and you find out he or she been sexually abusing your children. A week later, while this 14-year-old is being handled by the court system, that 14-year-old calls you on the phone and says, “Would you forgive me?” Will you? Yes, you will.
Jesus said: How often shall we forgive them? Seven times? No, seventy times seven. Forgiveness is free and forthcoming. Then, the babysitter says on the phone: “Can I have my job back?” The answer should be no. Forgiveness and trust are not the same thing. When you have somebody who has been an adversary and has abused your children, you do forgive, but you do not trust. Trust is something that is earned over years of faithful obedience. It is not a gift of love.
Video is here.