Love Your Enemies

In chapel, we learned a lesson on loving our enemies.

It is easy to love those who love us in return. However, many of us find loving people we do not like as a difficult thing to do. While it is difficult, Jesus has instructed us to love others, even those who do us wrong.

Read the passage from Luke below to learn what the Bible says about loving your enemies:

Luke 6: 27-36 – “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do 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 repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

As difficult as it is, my task for you this week is to show love towards your enemies just as Jesus instructed. Have a blessed week and stay tuned for more Bible lessons from Wednesday morning chapel!

by Deanna Oxner

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