1 Peter 4; 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Love your ENEMY. Many of us don't have enemies. That's a good thing. But we're definitely surrounded by people who are very different than us. Sometimes in life a person can feel like an enemy just because we are different and because we are seeking to prove ourselves differently. We are pursuing different things and we are doing it in different ways and therefore we just don't connect and our paths do not easily mold together.
Scripture tells us that being different is a good thing. God created each one of us individually and uniquely. He intends for us to be different so that we each fulfill a different role he has called us to. Therefore our differences should be embraced, instead of avoided. And those who might seem like an "enemy" because of how different we are could be the next person God is calling us to love.
Luke 6; 27-36
27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU
BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HURT YOU
GIVE TO ANYONE WHO ASKS
DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU
BE COMPASSIONATE ON PEOPLE
The challenge this week is to do these specific things. To go out and love some who is DIFFERENT than us in a very intentional way. As we move through this series, each week we will be challenged to love in a new way; specific people, in a specific way, outside of our comfort zone.
Teens! Post hear how you have been loving your ENEMY this week. Share your stories and your learning.