We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
We kicked things off with Jesus’ Big 2. Jesus said that there are no commands greater than these:
- Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)
Jesus’ other commands teach us what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
- Don’t test God.
- Worship only God.
- Repent and believe.
- Follow and fish.
- Be born again.
- Be salty.
- Don’t hate.
- Don’t lust.
- Honor marriage.
- Wield words wisely.
Here’s today’s mind-blowing heart-expanding command: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.
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.
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 5:38-48) (NIV)
What would happen if people actually took these words from Jesus seriously?
Think we’d have less war?
Fewer shootings in our neighborhoods?
Want more peace in the world? Let it start today with you.
Do what Jesus says: Love your enemies.
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