Love Your Enemies (Luke 6:27-36)

Love Your Enemies

Luke 6:27-36

I. A principle of submission

    A. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27; Matthew 5:16)
    B. “Bless those that curse you” (Luke 6:28a)
    C. “Pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:28b; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

II. The principle applied

    A. “Offer your other [cheek] also” (Luke 6:29a; Romans 12:17-21)
    B. “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke 6:29b-30)
    C. The Golden Rule: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12)

III. “What credit is that to you?”

    A. Step outside your comfort zone (Luke 6:32-34; Proverbs 25:21-22)
    B. “Your reward will be great” (Luke 6:35; James 4:10)
    C. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” – show compassion toward those who mistreat you, as they do not yet know the love of God (Luke 6:36; Romans 5:6-11)

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