(If I say something that is right, then God has inspired me. If I say something that is wrong, then it is my own mistake.)

I had a thought the other day, which I’d like to share on ATS.

Jesus, being the Messiah and the word of God was unlike any other prophet because of his unique teachings. Jesus is known the world over for his message of “love the enemy” and pray for those who persecute you” and turn the other cheek”.

Unfortunately, these teachings have no place in today’s competitive world. It would be impractical for one to love their enemy and turn the other cheek. Could it be that those teachings have become outdated? If not, what was the real purpose of those teachings?

The real purpose of Jesus’ teachings was not merely so his followers could be seen as “nice” people. It was not so his followers could distinguish themselves and acquire some sort of an elite status in this world. And it was definitely not to turn his followers into ‘push-overs’.

My thoughts on the real reason why Jesus told his followers to “love the enemy” and “forgive their persecutors” was so they could gain rewards and blessings in heaven… AFTER life ends here on earth. Which is why he said that there is no reward in merely loving those who love you back.

Remember, Jesus’ repeatedly taught not to be attached to THIS world, but instead to stay focused on the NEXT world.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

To literally love an enemy is difficult. To literally pray for your persecutors is nearly impossible. But when done sincerely, it brings with it great blessings that add to ones treasures in heaven.

Do you work for treasures here on this mortal world… treasures that can be diminished or go bad? Or do you work for treasures in the afterlife that will always remain and be yours?