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Love your enemies

Malcolm Edmonds
member of Park Baptist Church

 

Luke 6 vv 27-36

Love for Enemies

27“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34And 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. 35But 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. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

 


Why this reading?  Well, as I had 30 minutes to spare before my brother was due to pick me up.  I thought it was a good idea to read the scriptures.  Then again, was the Lord telling me this?  Nothing in mind, I just opened the book and the heading ‘love for enemies’ seemed appropriate. I have read this passage before and heard it read before, but something seemed to register this time that hadn’t before

enemies 2013

But I tell you who hear me”.  How much it is important to have our ears open when the Lord is speaking to us, and he knows some or most of us are not. “Love your enemies”.  Wow, that’s a hard one for those who persecute you, put you down, mock you and blaspheme against the Lord, but we are told “do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you”.  Well, because of my love for the Lord and sharing my faith with my colleagues at work, I endured these trials; but not alone.  My trust in the Lord gave me strength and I knew he was with me when troubles came


V.36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. How many reading this are holding a grudge: a deep seated feeling or resentment or rancour (bitterness) provoked by some incident or situation.  Well, if we are holding a grudge how does this help with our walk with the Lord?  That thought, I will leave with you………………