Jesus Said What?!?! Love Your Enemies

Series: Jesus Said What

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | By Gary Holmes

Ok, I get that Jesus wants us to learn to love others better. But what is this stuff about loving our enemies? Is this realistic. Can you come up with several people that you might classify as “enemies” and you feel you could never love. Jesus won’t leave us alone on this one. Our hope, our future, our experience of God’s grace upon our lives is dependent on offering grace to others. I know, what was Jesus thinking to tell us to love our enemies?

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Luke 6:27-36

Luke 6:27-36

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (ESV)

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