Love your enemies

Our topic in this post is what many Christians are getting wrong with. The command to love our enemies is explicitly outlined in the ministry of  Jesus Christ who said He did not come to destroy the law, or the prophets… but to fulfill them – Matthew 5:17.

Now, the question is, what did Jesus mean when He instructed us to love our enemies? I can categorically say; when Jesus said we are to love our enemies, He was creating a new standard for relationship. He proclaimed to the crowd listening to His teaching on the mount that they were to love their neighbors because the command to love our neighbors was the law of God as stated in Leviticus 19: 18.
In this subject, Jesus explained to His followers that they should adhere to the real meaning of God’s law by loving their enemies as well as neighbors.

We are going to see some of the scriptural passages that teach us to love our enemies:
Matthew 5: 43-44 – “Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemies. But, I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Luke 6: 27 -  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.

Leviticus 19:18 -  Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.

Romans 12: 14-  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Luke 6:35  - But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend; hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

1 Peter 3:9 -  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing.

Luke 23:34 - Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they are do. And they parted His garment, and cast lots.

Matthew 6:15 - But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

My prayer is that, these Bible verses about loving your enemies will be helpful to you today. If God has spoken to you through one of these scriptures, I pray that you will study this Bible verses and ask God to open your heart and understanding in Jesus’ name!

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Bible Source:
The Holy Bible
New King James Version.

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