Thursday, May 05, 2011

Loving our enemies

Just curious as to what you think of Luke 6:27-36 in lieu of this week's events?

Luke 6:27-36 (TNIV)
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Any thoughts?


Jenny said...

found this on FB.

Thought it was good, really good!

Jay said...

My brother sent me an article that was similar in tone to the Francis Chan video posted by Jenny. The part that stuck with me the most said something to the effect of, "Osama Bin Laden was an evil man who deserves eternal damnation...and so do you." The "celebratory" feel of the news coverage feels very strange to me. Thanks for posting this, Tim.

Tim Sheets said...

Jenny, great video and even better message! We need to keep that in our minds as we hear/see the celebrations and happiness over Bin Laden's death. Any death of an unbeliever for that matter.

Jay, that is a great statement and so true. We are not above Bin Laden at the foot of the cross. Paul tells us, "all have sinned," and it makes it an even playing field for all of us before God.