In today’s sermon, “Love on Purpose” we are given some pointers on things to remember when being confronted with our enemies. Our first response may be retaliation, but Jesus offers a different solution. “Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 22:37-40 HCSB
Love your enemies
“But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
Luke 6:27-36 HCSB
7 Motivational Points to Remember:
1) Satan is the real enemy.
2) We were once enemies of God.
3) Not everyone thinks or acts like you.
4) Not everyone will accept your love.
5) God will set things straight.
6) Overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21; 1 Peter 4:8
7) Your reward will be great.
2) Do something kind for someone you don’t like.
3) Write a letter of forgiveness.