Radical Love - Dec 29 & 30

 

RADICAL

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies...,”. Matthew 5:43-44a NIV

 WE CAN HAVE ENEMIES WITHOUT EVEN TRYING

“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”” John 10:31-33 NKJV

 “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” I John 2:9-10 NKJV

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

 HOW CAN I LOVE MY ENEMIES?

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Matthew 19:26 NKJV

 FOUR KINDS OF LOVE TO UNDERSTAND

·      EROS – PASSIONATE ROMANTIC LOVE

·      PHILIA – AFFECTIONATE PLATONIC LOVE

·      STORGE – PARENTS LOVE

·      AGAPE  - UNCONDITIONAL LOVE    

3 RADICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO RELEASE GOD’S AGAPE LOVE

 1)    PRAYING FOR MY ENEMIES

        KEEPS MY HEART OPEN TO GOD’S LOVE

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...”  Matthew 5:43 NIV

2)    TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

         KEEPS ME FREE FROM BITTERNESS

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”  Matthew 5:38-42 NIV

 “Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.”  John 10:39 NIV

 3)    BLESSING MY ENEMIES

        KEEPS ME FROM BEING OVERCOME BY EVIL

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:17-21 NKJV