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It makes sense why we need to love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us. More is accomplished that way because when one angry person goes head-on with another angry person, what good comes out of it? No wonder why God commands us to love our enemies. Besides the fact that it makes sense, God tells us in his word that it is what He wants from us. ~ Bill Greguska
- Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Love Your Enemies Because God Loves Them!
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Can You Think Of A Time That You Have Not Loved Your Enemies?
Loving your enemies can be described in many ways. It can be forgiveness, not allowing another person’s skin color to make a difference, not letting slander come out of your mouth towards them, or allowing hatred to reside in your heart. Love your enemies is often uncommon because many people think about hating one another today. You can not control other people, but you can control how you feel and act when loving your enemies. Jesus spoke about loving one another and forgiving one another. Realize that God commands us to love our enemies, yet it is sometimes tricky. We all need to forgive and love others, yet forgiveness and trust are different. ~ Bill Greguska
Love Your Enemies! Love Wins Over Hate!
It may seem strange to love your enemies, but it is a command from God. There are people in my life that I have found it sometimes difficult to like. Sometimes it is hard to get along with others who rub us wrong. What benefit is it to love those who love you? Anyone can do that, but to love your enemies is where it takes special love and strength. The real test of love is to love those who are challenging to love and those who might consider you their enemy.
Although with our strength and might, we will continue to struggle with loving others, especially learning how to love our enemy. It is not until we realize that we all need God’s love and mercy to empower us to do what we cannot do on our own. If you are struggling to love others in your life, or perhaps they are struggling to love you, you need to take your concerns to God, and He will help you sort things out for you. You need to love God and love your enemies!~ Bill Greguska
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
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- Did Jesus mean something specific when He instructed us to turn the other cheek?
- How can I love my neighbor as I love myself?
- What does the Bible say about love?
- Why would Jesus say we should hate our father and mother (Luke 14:26)?
- Why is loving others often so tricky sometimes?
Loving on unbelievers is a different story but not a story we are unfamiliar with. For we all were unbelievers and enslaved people to the flesh at one point. Interacting with all unbelievers can be summed up by Colossians: “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:5-6) Show them kindness when you speak with them and be attractive (not physically). When you talk, attract them to Jesus. Make them wonder why you have joy. One of the best ways to love your enemies is to make them your friend! But without God’s help, this is nearly impossible!
How To Love Your Enemies!
“Love Your Enemies, For They Tell You Your Faults.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
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Why Is It Sometimes So Difficult To Love Others?
Many people seem to be just hard to get along with! I am sure you know many people that are like that? Some people’s personalities and attitudes tend to rub us the wrong way? I sincerely encourage you to stop making a list of individuals you do not like or get along with and start loving them with God’s help.
God teaches us to love our enemy and do good to those who do us wrong. It says in Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Where Does God’s Kind Of Love Lead You?
God’s kind of love causes the Great Commission to become a personal responsibility and privilege to carry out. When non-Christians observe believers not only saying that they love one another but also proving it by their actions, they will be amazed at “how they love one another” and will be drawn to receive and worship our Savior with us.
Why not make this prayer your own: “Lord, You would never have commanded me to love had You not intended to enable me to do so. Therefore, right now, because of the authority of Your commands for me to love and because of the power of Your promise to answer if I ask anything according to Your will, I claim Your love, the 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love, for You, for all people, and myself. Amen.
God Has Forgiven You, So You Must Forgive Others!
Understand and Thank God that you are a child of God, and all your past, present, and even future sins are forgiven. Thank God that Satan has no control over you unless God has allowed it. Remember to cast all your problems and worries over to the Lord as we are told to do in 1 Peter 5:7.
Do you possibly have a boss, co-worker, spouse, children, father, or mother on the list of those you need extra effort to love? Start by praying for each person. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of Jesus for each one of them. Then, when you do get an opportunity to meet with them, ask God to fill you with his compassion so you can be a blessing to them. Watch God use your smile, words, and patience to express His love for each person.
As believers, we have been instructed to love our enemies. That could mean everyone who angers you, ignores you, bores you, or frustrates you. God wants you to love those who are kind to you and all people in your life period as far as it depends on you. Remember, you can not make others be at peace with you if they choose not to.
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