Yesterday we discussed how the Bible often asks us to do things that push us out of our comfort zone. We specifically discussed an area that I feel is one of the hardest to live out. We talked about how Jesus asks us to love our “Enemy”. For us today, we may not have “enemies”, but we definitely have people in our lives who are hard for us to love. Whether it be a bully, someone who frustrates you, someone who falsely accuses you, someone who insults you, or any other hurtful type of person; the question is “How can we Love those who hurt us?”.
To answer this we looked at WHAT specifically Jesus asks of us. In Luke 6:27-31, Jesus commands his followers to Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you, and other such commands. Before we explored how we could practically live this out in our day to day lives, we asked the question, “WHY should we do this?”. To answer this valid question we went to the book of Romans. Paul tells us in Romans 5:6-8 that Jesus loved us while we were technically still his enemies. Jesus gave his life for us while we were still sinners and because He loved us, we can now move forward with that same love. So now that we know the why, this leads us to address, “HOW do we actually live this out?”.
To address this we took a closer look at what Jesus asks of us in Luke. The ultimate conclusion from our lesson was to understand why Jesus asks us to respond to hatred with love. Fighting fire with fire creates a bigger fire, fighting hatred with hatred creates more hate, but fighting hate with God’s love has the power to defeat hatred and change a persons heart. Jesus asks us to show people the forgiveness and love that he showed us and in doing so we can point them to Jesus in the process.