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

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