Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:38-39

One of the toughest lessons we learn from Jesus is to love our enemies. It’s difficult when people have wronged us it’s our natural instinct to seek revenge on them. But as Jesus is telling us we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, take the higher ground. Instead of retaliating just shake it off and hold your peace.

Usually when we engage in the conflict its escalates it even further. As Christians we need to learn to be the peacemakers, to try to defuse a potential explosive situation not add fuel to the fire.

And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:40-42

Most of us, we work hard for the things we have and God rewards us for working hard with honesty and integrity. However we just need to make sure our possessions don’t end up possessing us. If you see someone in need, if its possible help them out. Doesn’t always mean giving them money either, maybe they just need a friend or a ride to work. The little things can sometimes be the biggest blessings to someone

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 5:46-48

It’s easy to love our family and friends but to love your enemies is a daunting task. Jesus showed us a great example of this when he was crucified on the cross, instead of cursing his enemies he prayed for them and said “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do”

We need to strive to be like Christ, just as Jesus said strive to be perfect just as God is. We know its impossible to be perfect but we can strive for perfection, set the bar high, love your enemies in Jesus Name Amen

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14 thoughts on “Love Your Enemies

  1. Bob Reed

    Christ’s call to “turn the other cheek” when someone strikes you is not a command to passively be their punching bag; our Lord isn’t telling us we have to quietly suffer an abusive personal relationship. He’s telling us to resist evildoers in nonviolent ways; by confronting them with the truth and refusing to be silenced. Two excellent examples of this in our own times are Dr. Martin Luther King and Bishop Oscar Romero. Both of these men spoke out against violence and social oppression, despite the terrible danger it put each of them in. Like Christ, they put their trust in God’s will and nonviolently called attention to injustice by boldly speaking the truth; they became more like Him.

    When Christ tells us to pray for our enemies, He’s not saying we should pray that their plans to do wrong succeed; but most likely that they see the error of their ways, repent, and believe in the Gospel. For if you only love those from whom you receive love in return, then it’s no longer anything extraordinary, or holy, or even giving of yourself; it’s a transaction…In order to be set apart from secular society, to be holy like God is holy, we must love everyone unconditionally, like He does. Jesus commands us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us so that we too may be children of God; so that we may become more like Him.

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  2. 2fools4christ

    Such a true and timely post. Exactly confirms what the Lord has been saying to me in my own life. It is so much easier to say and to agree to than to actually do – but, I promise that with Jesus it is possible and rewarding. This is one of the hardest lessons for me to walk in and I cry and surrender a little more and it HURTS, but when I do surrender, finally, then I am flooded with such peace and comfort from the Lord that I always wonder why did I ever hesitate or get it wrong at all? I back you up on this word and testify to the practicality of it! Bless you!

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      1. 2fools4christ

        I shared with: Much easier to say and to agree with than to actually walk out in faith – but God does tell us to do this and to surrender to His will. I testify that Jesus makes this possible and He blesses us with such peace and joy whenever we do surrender our rights and our feelings and our will to Him and live this message out in real life application. God is good. His Word is true. He doesn’t ask us to do anything that He was not willing to do and that He, Himself, did not do for us. He is faithful. ❤ Be blessed 🙂

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