Over the past several weeks, Pastor Scott has been sharing a series of sermons on the characteristics, qualities, behaviors, and attributes on “Loving Like Jesus.” This week, he explores one of the most difficult and uncomfortable subjects that Jesus ever spoke about love.
Matthew chapter 5, verse 43 and 44 are his words:
You have heard it 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.
So, did Jesus really mean that we should love and pray for:
- Terrorists who have killed hundreds and thousands?
- For people that have gossiped and lied about you?
- People who have destructive habits and behaviors?
- Those that have abused others physically, verbally or sexually?
- Or, for those that make us uncomfortable, don’t have our same values, or “appear to take away our rights and freedoms” such as illegal immigrants, Muslims, or specific political parties?
Listen as Pastor Scott sheds new light on this subject on what it truly means to be a devoted and authentic follower of Jesus.
Matthew 5:43-48… Jesus says, “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. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Luke 6:35… Jesus says, “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 sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
Exodus 23:4-5… “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.”
Proverbs 25:21-22… “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.”