Love Your Enemy

December 7, 2015

The words of Jesus are basically so radical that we often don't think he was serious.  Or we try to explain away how he didn't actually mean to love our enemies and so on.  I'll admit, I struggle with this, and I can feel confused about various things Jesus said because he said it in a certain context.  

 

Jesus actively stood up for others, but did did not inflict violence.  He received the consequence of standing against oppression.

 

But when Peter used violence to protect Jesus as he was being arrested, what did Jesus do?  He healed the enemy.  What did Jesus do on the cross?  Retaliate with Divine violence?  No.  He forgave them.  And when he came back to life, he came in peace, not vengeance.  

 

Do you think Jesus really expects us to love our enemies?

What are the consequences?

What good can come from it?

Does Jesus want us to be safe?

 

Prayer:

God, I declare that I am most safe and secure following your way of nonviolent love, even if it hurts or kills me.  Nothing can seperate me from your life and love.

 

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