Scripture

Luke 6:27 –28 – “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Observation

This is Jesus speaking to a large group what may be one of the most difficult and counter to our flesh things for us to do.  We are to love our enemies, do good to those who hate on us, bless those who talk evil of us and pray for our abusers.  This message was not just for the disciples, pastors or missionaries but for all believers.  This can only be accomplished with Spirit led behavior that was first modeled by God.

Application

1 John 4:19 tells us, “We love because he first loved us.”  When I was in direct opposition to God, an enemy to our Lord and savior, he loved me.  He loved me so much that He sent Jesus to pay for my sins so I could repent, be reconciled and have a relationship with Him.  If we look at others through the lens of the Gospel and what we have been forgiven of then it makes what seems impossible to the flesh able through the Spirit.  We are not to judge and hate back but called to love and pray.  I know I have to press pause because many times my reaction is to go right back at someone or something.  Jesus tells us to do this although we may be reviled and expect nothing in return on earth.  Our reward will be great in heaven as we are children of God.  What would social media look like if we put Jesus’ teaching into practice?

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for loving me first when I was in opposition to you.  Let your Spirit guide me not to judge or act out of my flesh but to love, pray for those who have hurt, wronged or hate me.

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