Exorcist Diary #99: Love Satan?
In the midst of an exorcism, I said to the demons, "In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to tell me the truth. Does Satan love you? Tell the truth." The reluctant reply came through clenched teeth, "No." I responded, "Tell me the truth, does Jesus love you?" Again, came the reluctant reply, "Yes." So I responded, "You made a rotten choice, didn't you?" Silence.
Part of an exorcism is forcing the demons to admit the truth, which is a searing torture for them. Like all sin, it promotes denials and rationalizations. To admit their sin and the consequent punishment is "pure hell" for them, and hastens their departure.
Jesus still loves the demons, although he obviously rejects their evil choice and their evil behavior. Just judge, God punishes them for their evil. But God never stops loving. God cannot hate; that is Satan's work. God is radiant, infinite and transforming love.
We, too, must love everyone, including our "enemies." In fact, the Christian has no enemies. I do not hate demons. If I did, I could never exorcize them because I would be in league with them. I am sorry for their horrible choice, for which they will pay for an eternity.
I do not pray for them or try to convert them. That is futile. But I do love them for the intrinsic beauty that once was theirs as God's creation and is still present in some hidden way.
"But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust... So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:44-48).