May 12, 2019

Love your Enemies

Passage: Luke 6:27-36, Romans 12:9-21
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  • Recap: looking at the Beatitudes and Woes last week (v20-26)
    • Summary:
      • Two types of people - the children of God [the saved and the unsaved]
      • Not about what you do, but what you are
      • Woes pronounced on the second group of people - the unsaved, those who are living for self
      • v20-26: what you are in the presence of God
      • Which type of person are you?
  • Moving on from speaking about what you are - to speaking about what you do
    • Jesus is addressing His disciples
    • He is speaking about 'upside down' things ["Kingdom Values"]
      • Men do not say love your enemies - they say the opposite
      • Men say be kind only to our circle of friends
      • Men say do not help those who don't deserve it
    • Jesus says their righteousness must be different
    • Tremendously challenging verses - we know we often fail and that we can only fulfill this by God's grace
      • Example

The Origin of Love

  • What is the source of this love?
  • We can only love in this way if we know the love of God ourselves
    • We must recognise that we are sinners
    • We must recognise that we are enemies of God
    • We must recognise that the human heart is easily offended - revenge is in the heart of man
      • Are we happy when our enemy falls?
      • We are selfish and concerned about ourselves
  • We are not like the Lord Jesus
    • Have we come to the Lord Jesus?
    • Our hearts can be stirred in church - but have we responded?
      • Today is the day of salvation - if you hear His voice do not harden your heart

The Mode of Love

  • What does it mean to actually love your enemy?
  • We must do good
    • Not just to grit our teeth and bear it - we must go out of our way to do good
    • Example of Thomas Cramer
    • Example of David
  • We must bless
    • To do with what comes out of our mouth
    • Consider the book of James
    • Do we pity those who curse us?
  • We must pray
    • That they would grow
    • That they would become Christians
  • Perhaps the most challenging sermon in the whole of the Bible
    • Jesus is speaking about the private realm, not the public realm
    • Not speaking on an national/civil level - speaking about you as an individual Christian
    • Consider Rom 13 - the Bible does not teach passivism
  • We must offer the other cheek (v29)
    • It was cultural for people to slap you on the cheek as a rebuke
    • Jesus turned the other cheek
      • He rebuked them
      • He did not literally turn the other cheek
      • He was prepared to accept further insult
    • This does not mean that the Christian cannot take up lawful procedures
    • Example of Billy Bray
  • We must accept loss (v29b)
    • Not just to give unthinkingly
    • Example of Christian student
    • The passage is written in the context of our enemies - when something is taken from you
    • A statement that we do not live for material gain
    • Most challenging verses - cf Hebrews 10:34
  • Treat others as you would be treated (v31)
    • Expanded in v32-35
    • Your neighbour is not just those close to you - but anybody (who may be for or against you)
    • Do not be like the world
    • Invite those who won't invite you back
    • Consider your motives - do it not for reward but because you love God and you love this person
  • Be like God/Jesus
    • Jesus' concluding remarks v36
    • God is rich in mercy
    • God is kind
    • God does not treat us as we deserve

Closing Remarks