Why should you love your enemies?

One of the most difficult of Jesus’ teaching for me is His command to love my enemies. It just seems so counter to me to show love to someone who is willfully set against me. I am perpetually asking why? I really love it when you read scripture and you you find yourself asking why and then just as quick as the why question the answer is given.

Jesus says in Luke 6:35:

35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great,

why?, because:

and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.(ESV, my emphasis)

So we are suppose to be kind to our enemies because God is kind to His. Pretty cool.

Then again, who are these ungrateful and evil people God is showing kindness to? Hmmm. Isn’t grace wonderful?

Grace and Peace.

Tony

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2 thoughts on “Why should you love your enemies?

  1. Bro,

    Good post dude. I found some more scriptures to answer your question.

    Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).

    Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14).

    Yes Gods Grace is awesome and I am sure he expects us to show Grace to our enemies as he has shown it to us. Love ya man

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