Love Your Enemies?!
January 26, 2020 Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Living the Kingdom Life: The Sermon on the Mount (Epiphany 2020)
Topic: Love Passage: Matthew 5:43–5:48
Loving our family and friends is easy, but loving our enemies is very difficult for us. It is in our nature to seek revenge against those who have wronged us, even in trivial ways.
But loving our enemies is what God invites us to do--and it is an invitation, not a command. By loving our enemies, we become more like Jesus, who loved us when we were his enemies, to the point of praying for the people who crucified him as they were nailing him to the cross. Also, love has a redemptive power that defuses the brutality of the world. As Martin Luther King said:
There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.
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