LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

 

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. Luke 6:27-28 NKJV

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Romans 12:20
On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.”



SELECT COMMENTARY

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
(27, 28) Love your enemies.–See Notes on Matthew 5:44. It should be noted that the great command of the gospel is set forth in the Sermon on the Plain in its width and universality, without being formally contrasted with the Pharisaic gloss, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy,” as in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew Henry Commentary
6:27-36 These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ’s love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us.

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

Love
Ἀγαπᾶτε (Agapate)

Verb – Present Imperative Active – 2nd Person Plural
Strong’s Greek 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

 

Wow!

 

Of ourself this is virtually impossible yet with God all things are possible. Just ponder how much God loves and how much He blesses those who could care less about Him, ignore, ignorant, or even despise Him. Yes, He has His limits as we can clearly read in His Holy Book but His kind heartedness is immense though not infinite to all.  

 

When we get out of own interest and into His, its a whole new paradigm. God is calling us to rise. Down with the old man and up with new one. We need to rest and abide in Spirit for this lift of love. The good Lord sure knows I can’t do it on my own.

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