Mathew 5: 43-45


#1

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45)

These particular words were spoken to and written for Christians, because if you love God and stand for what He stands for, you will be hated by those who hate and deny Him. When we love those that the Bible calls our enemies, pray for them, and tell them the truth about the reality of Hell and the need to repent and trust the Savior, we are merely imitating God. He shows them great kindness. He gives them life, and allows them to enjoy the life-giving sun and rain—without which we would all be dead.

Billions of people have come and gone in this life, but all of them fall into just two categories—the just and the unjust. Either you are justified (made right with God by His grace in Jesus Christ), or you are in your sins and will face the justice of God on Judgment Day. Which category are you in today? Please give this question serious thought, because you may not be here tomorrow.

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#2

Right Wing, that is some powerful stuff!


#3

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” is very much a work in progress for me…


#4

Start by blessing every person in every car that drives by while you are stopped at a light. It makes you feel good, and makes it easier to bless those that curse you, for they know not what they do. Cursing someone is like cursing yourself, and when you pray for bad people, God may bless them so that they see good, know good, be good.


#5

He did “bless” someone who “cursed” us. A neighbor setting out to cheat another neighbor, using us indirectly - Mike (FC) gave him a container of cookies at Christmas time (he didn’t give it directly, just left it on his porch).


#6

What is more “Loving” than caring enough about your enemies to admonish them for embracing attitudes and ideas that will assure their eternal destruction?

What could be more “Loving” than exposing deception and lies when Christians know that Christ is truth?

What could be more hateful than refusing to call out lies and deception because the one who knows better cares more about not risking conflict in the immediate moment than the long term destruction that will occur if those in their immediate presence are never made aware of the destructive path that they are embracing and its inherent consequences?

Jesus never once chose “peace” over “truth”, Jesus never once defined “Love” as “Not saying anything that would upset those steeped in error and deception”.

Love is “Acting in the best interest of the one loved without concern or regard for the personal consequences that the action might bring upon oneself”, that is the meaning of “No greater love is this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

The test for a “Loving” action or attitude is truth, not the response gleaned from the one being “Loved”.

Children hate admonishment but parents who won’t admonish their children hate their children, this applies to all human interaction and that is why Jesus never “held his tongue” so a sinner steeped in error could remain comfortable in that error.


#7

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What is more “Loving” than caring enough about your enemies to admonish them for embracing attitudes and ideas that will assure their eternal destruction?

What could be more “Loving” than exposing deception and lies when Christians know that Christ is truth?

What could be more hateful than refusing to call out lies and deception because the one who knows better cares more about not risking conflict in the immediate moment than the long term destruction that will occur if those in their immediate presence are never made aware of the destructive path that they are embracing and its inherent consequences?

Jesus never once chose “peace” over “truth”, Jesus never once defined “Love” as “Not saying anything that would upset those steeped in error and deception”.

Love is “Acting in the best interest of the one loved without concern or regard for the personal consequences that the action might bring upon oneself”, that is the meaning of “No greater love is this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

The test for a “Loving” action or attitude is truth, not the response gleaned from the one being “Loved”.

Children hate admonishment but parents who won’t admonish their children hate their children, this applies to all human interaction and that is why Jesus never “held his tongue” so a sinner steeped in error could remain comfortable in that error.
[/quote]No one could have stated it better, except maybe Christ, Himself.