Luke 6:27-31 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
Today is All Saints Day, and many believe that scripture points to the body of Christ, which includes you and me, as being saints. So, it’s basically an annual reminder of our connectedness as Christians to Christ Jesus.
Saints are followers of Jesus who trust solely in Him for salvation, and whose actions and words are that of Jesus. Our passage today is a perfect example of how we, as followers of Jesus, are called to be more like Him.
During Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount He instructs us to Love Our Enemies. Jesus tells us it’s as simple as: 1. doing good to your enemies, 2. blessing your enemies. and 3. praying for your enemies. In the bible we see time and time again how Jesus practiced what He preached by doing these 3 things.
So, the next time your enemy is unkind to you, remember, your actions determine if you choose to be saintly, which will demonstrate that you belong to Jesus, or if you will fall victim to a worldly response.
Luke 6:27-31 (ERV)
Love Your Enemies
27 “But I say to you people who are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Ask God to bless the people who ask for bad things to happen to you. Pray for the people who are mean to you. 29 If someone hits you on the side of your face, let them hit the other side too. If someone takes your coat, don’t stop them from taking your shirt too. 30 Give to everyone who asks you for something. When someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back. 31 Do for others what you want them to do for you.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for Your clear instructions through Your Sermon on the Mount. Please help me to love my enemies. You call me to do it, and so I need Your guidance, wisdom, patience, and joy. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen!
Written by: Jen Auer