Sunday, 6 September 2015

Love Your Enemies

Scripture: Luke 6 v 35:

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind to the unthankful and the evil."

It is always difficult to love sinners the way God does, to be kind to ungrateful, evil people is often beyond our ability. The media is full of the atrocities of ISIS - the destructive Islamic psychopaths running rampant in the areas of Iran, Iraq and Syria. What the media don't report is what Christians in those areas are doing.

Believers are taking these evil people into their homes, even after they have killed their family members, and giving them food and love and the gospel. Hundreds, if not thousands, of militants have converted to Christianity through the love and kindness of God's people.

The sinners of the world are won by love, God's love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Its the one thing Satan and his people cannot copy. His best display is just lust. The true, pure love of Christians will conquer the hardest, meanest heart. 

I am reminded of a testimony from Holland. A factory owner saw his factory being broken into late one Friday night. He drove up to where their truck was parked and helped them fill it with the goods out of his warehouse. The astonished robbers asked who he was. He said I am the owner.

Why are you doing this, they asked. He answered, "Because Jesus loves you, I love you, and I can withhold nothing from you." The truck sped off. On Sunday afternoon the factory owner noticed that same truck at his warehouse offloading everything they had taken. He asked why and they said, we could not steal from someone who loves us, we want to receive Jesus as our Lord and live honestly from now on.

We are here to extend the Kingdom of God as His Ambassadors. The greatest asset we have is love that comes from our Father, for God is love. You have never truly loved until you have loved an enemy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You loved us while we were yet sinners.  Your love sent Jesus to the Cross to remove us from death and destruction in Hell. We cannot pick and choose who deserves love, we must love one another as You love us. We must love our enemies and win them out of a loveless world into Your glorious Kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.