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Love Your Enemies

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6:35-36 (NKJV)

Someone has probably popped in your mind. It may be someone that you cannot get along with no matter how hard you try, or it may be someone who hates God and wallows in the worst kinds of sin. We hate their sin, but we should love them enough to give them the truth of the gospel.

Biblical love is not an emotion, but it is a choice to be merciful. The story of the good Samaritan is a great example of this. Two men passed the injured Jew by, but the one who stopped was his enemy, a Samaritan. The hatred between Jews and Samaritans ran very deep.

Since God is kind to the unthankful and evil, we are to show them that same kindness. We are God’s children. Therefore, we are supposed to be like Him. God does not withhold blessings from the wicked. He causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on all. This is known as “common grace”. When we love our enemies, we are showing them the love of God.

The unsaved world loves its own, but they hate their enemies. We are no longer part of them, and we are to love as God loves (v. 32-33).

It is difficult to love someone that you really don’t even like, but if we do not love them it is sin. We can only do this through the power and love of God. Pray for God to help you love this person. Begin to pray for your enemy, and you will see a change in your attitude toward them. Be your Father’s child and love.

Lord Jesus,

Forgive us for our failure to love perfectly as You do. Put that kind of love in our hearts, especially for our enemies. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 6:27-36.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Who is your enemy? Make them your mission field. Begin by praying for them. Do something kind for them this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Love In Deed

LOVE IN DEED
By Carolyn Dale Newell

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:18

It feels so good when someone hugs you and tells you they love you. As wonderful as that is, think of the times when someone has shown their love to you by their deeds. Truly, actions speak louder than words.

Love is an action. We need to get into action when we can help others. The command to “love one another” is found many times in the Bible.

The Apostle Paul gives us the command to comfort and edify one another (1 Thes. 5:11). We are commanded in Hebrews 10:24 to stir up love and good works. In Colossians 3:12, Paul writes, “…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;” When Christians have these attitudes, we will act to help others.

James gets more specific when he wrote, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…” (James 1:27).
There are all types of people who need help at most any time. They are the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and the sick. There are fatherless children living with single moms who need a godly father figure in their lives. People on fixed incomes cannot pay someone to help them, so they for God to send someone their way. Satan has done well in our society to fill our schedules, making us so busy that we barely have time for God, much less others.

Many years ago, my daughter had a tonsillectomy, and when we came home from the hospital, my aunt brought us a cake. It served as a couple of my meals for lack of time and energy, and I have never forgotten it.

Please remember that these are not just suggestions. They are commands from God. Be a blessing to someone, and God will richly bless you.

Dear God,
Open my eyes to the needs of others right here in my own church, and to the needs of someone in my neighborhood. Help me be a blessing to them. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read James 2:14-17.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Pray for God to show you someone with a need that you can meet. It may be the elderly widow in your church who can’t mow her grass. It may be the single mom next door with children that have outgrown their clothes. Make that extra time and effort to be a blessing to them.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.