Love Your Enemies
Bible Study Lesson -- Luke
Do you have enemies? Or at
least is there anyone out there who is against you?
I believe we all know people who feel badly towards
us - as a nation and individually. This Bible study
lesson from Luke gives a clear view of what Jesus
says about loving those who do not love us. Let's
see what he has to say.
to Love Our Enemy
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse
you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 Whoever hits you on the
cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes
away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him
30 Give to everyone who
asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours,
do not demand it back.
31 Treat others the same
way you want them to treat you.
32 If you love those who
love you, what credit is that to you? For even
sinners love those who love them.
33 If you do good to those
who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For
even sinners do the same.
34 If you lend to those
from whom you expect to receive, what credit is
that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order
to receive back the same amount.
35 But love your enemies,
and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return;
and your reward will be great, and you will be sons
of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to
ungrateful and evil men.
36 Be merciful, just as
your Father is merciful.
is the Word of the Lord, It is meant to change the
way that we think and the way we live.
by Bob Pardue
How To Love an
What Kind of Love Is
A tough question - How can we
love someone who despises us or even plans to do us
First, this is not the kind
of love we naturally have for a mother, father or
spouse. We can't just all of a sudden, fall in love
with an enemy. It's unnatural to believe that we
can. No, this type of love only comes with a great
mental effort on our part. It's the kind of love
Christ had for us when he elected to die on the
cross instead of saving himself.
When Jesus was giving this
message he knew what was going on with the people
of Israel. The Roman government was in charge of
Jerusalem and the whole Jewish nation controlling
nearly every aspect of their lives. Taxes were
high, many freedoms were taken away, and punishment
for protest was harsh.
Jesus told the people that
they should love the Romans and others whom they
hated - which made him unpopular with many
A Lesson for
Do you know someone who is
against you? Maybe even someone who hates you? Yes,
me too! Christ says that, although we may not be
able to approach these people we can still pray for
them and forgive them. He says to allow them the
same respect we would give ourselves (The Golden
Rule). That is exactly what he did on the
The good news is that, when
we forgive those who have hurt us it exhorts a
liberating freedom. It gives us release from hatred
that keeps us from doing what God asks us to do.
This is a part of the blessing Jesus promises. Can
we at least try?
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to consider the love and life changing
experience Jesus Christ offers, please take a
moment to read John
3:16 to learn
Other Bible Study Lessons
Explains Fasting - Are We Too Rigid? Luke
Works on the Sabbath - Luke
Selects His Twelve Disciples - Luke
of Christ - Luke 6:17-26
Verses where Jesus talks about loving
enemies are credited to New American Standard
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