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Seized to Be An Enemy Lover

Key Verse

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 sons of your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:43-45a (NIV)

Short Reflection

“Love my enemies? You’ve got to be kidding! Why should I?”
Is this how you feel?

Let’s look at what our Lord Jesus said: 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 sons of your Father in heaven.

Yes, loving our enemies goes against our human nature. But if we are truly born into God’s family (verse 45 says, “That you may be sons of your Father in heaven”), we have a new nature which enables us to do so.

If your enemies are very unlovable, here are some practical tips to help you love them:

  1. Try to understand the person
  2. Empathize with the person
  3. Ask God for a heart-change in you
  4. Forgive, accept, and show love
  5. Love begets love

My book “Message Outlines for New Bible Study Groups or New Churches” (Volume 4) expands on the five points above.

Jesus has seized you to be an enemy lover!

This is the second in the “Seized to Be A Friend to the Unfriended” series of blog posts and is a special submission from Bertram Lim, Board Chairman of the Center for Community Transformation Inc., our partner in the Philippines.

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