Lent Day 11 – Love Your Enemies

by gary-foote on February 28, 2015

Love your enemies – Matthew 5:44a

11.2-28

 

Jesus was a radical. He challenged the status quo.
He spent time with prostitutes and drunkards.
He ate with tax collectors.
Jesus challenged the Pharisees and their understanding of the law:
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27b)

Jesus wasn’t afraid of being controversial.
He wasn’t after acceptance or praise as a political leader or spiritual guru.
Jesus was (and still is) after our hearts and souls.

Jesus is calling out to us to be radical.
He is calling us to repent and believe in the Gospel.
He is challenging us to embrace salvation and not condemnation.
He is asking us to love our enemies.

As you continue this 40 day journey, ask yourself:
Which of your enemies do you need to love today?
Identifying our enemies is the easy part.
Now it’s time to depend on God’s grace to actually start loving them.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies;
probably because they are generally the same people.” – G.K. Chesterton

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