Friday, November 7, 2008

Loving Enemies

As I prepare to preach this Sunday from Luke 6:27-36, I came across these words from a modern day prophet:
Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That's why Jesus says, "Love your enemies." Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they're mistreating you. Here's the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don't do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can't stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they're mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they'll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That's love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.

(Dr. King's sermon "Loving Your Enemies")

3 comments:

Jeff said...

Amen.

phil said...

"That's why Jesus says, "Love your enemies." Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies."

What a powerful statement!
I can't help but wonder what went on that day and the days after in the minds of the soldiers that crucified Jesus, hearing the words "Father, forgive them" as he was dying...

Probably the best picture we have of what is means to truly love your enemies...

Doug Page said...

Josh - Interesting you should post a blog about "Loving Enemies." I was handed an article by a lady in my church that knows we are friends. She said, "here's an article about your friend." Turns out the article was written by your dad and he mentions you and Jonathan. The title: The Toughest Commandment - an article all about loving your enemies.

I just thought it was interesting considering the article was laid on my desk this week.

Hope you guys are doing well. Love ya bro!