Re: Verse reading–Luke 6:27-36, Romans 12:17-21 (day one)
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”–Jesus (Luke 6:27-28) In all of history and literature no words are more fiercely contested. Unreasonable, impractical say the critics of Christ. “Old birth” people simply cannot do this work. Even those who WANT to follow this command find it impossible without a new heart and supernatural support. Why should we love our enemies? 1) loyalty to Christ demands it, 2) it is the only way to stop the “hate-hurt” cycle, 3) it leads toward conviction and conversion which is the larger, higher purpose of God. Most of us have miles to go in learning this attitude and practice. Jesus never changes His demand. “Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Even as we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are praying for our enemies. It is a start toward love.