Love Your Enemies

[ Love Your Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
We say, “But what about my rights?”  Jesus tells us, do not resist. This in no way means that you do not protect you or your family from someone trying to do harm. Give love that Christ give to us.
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat (cloak) as well.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat (cloak), do not withhold your shirt from them.
In Biblical times a cloak was the one garment a person didn’t go without.  When a person was traveling, they might sleep out in the elements and they would use it to cover themselves.
A young man entered our church last week at the LMWL meeting.  He was unkempt, so angry that he was shaking and the ladies asked him if they could help him.  He said that he had just been released from prison and he was walking by our church and saw the lights on.  The ladies offered him a brownie and something to drink.  They asked if they could pray with him and he said, “Yes, but do not touch me because I just got out of prison and if you touch me I might react and hit you.”  (There was not a man in the building.)  After they prayed with him the ladies asked if he would like to talk to an elder of the church and he said, “Yes.”  They called one of the elders and he came and talked with the young man for about 30 minutes.
Sunday morning he got to church before Sunday School and Pastor saw him sitting in his car and invited him in.  The young man said that he had to go home and take a shower.  He did not come back to church; but, we are praying that he does return to hear the Gospel
This was taken from Pastor Barry Schwiesow’s sermon at Saint John Lutheran Church, Pryor, Oklahoma, February 19, 2017


As I am reading through the Bible again for about the 30th time, the word immediately jumps out at me.  I am marking the word in my Bible.  After I finished reading today in Luke, I decided to find out how many times this word appears in the English Standard Version (ESV) from Matthew through Acts.  It appears 76 times.

The point is:  When Jesus said to the men, “follow me”, they followed Christ immediately.

Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
When Jesus healed the sick, it was immediate, except for the time the man was blind and Jesus spit on the blind man’s eyes.
And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
In the book of ACTS, immediately appears 13 times.
I have been healed many times through prayer and with the help of good doctors, eating properly, taking medicine.  I have had cancer twice and both times the Lord kept me during surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
I do know, first-hand, of an immediate healing.  When I was about 10 years old a lady was brought to our Assembly of God church on a stretcher, in Kermit, Texas.  She was dying with cancer.  The pastor and laymen surrounded her and prayed for her and she was healed immediately.  NOW, she did not get up and jump and shout but she regained her strength quickly.  She was such a beautiful lady and worked at a nice retail store for many years after that.
Grace and Peace