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Loving Our Enemies

Matthew 5:44

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

The family was over on Sunday – at least most of it. It was a neat time. I was in my glory holding first one grandchild and then another. At one time I had three of them sitting with me (on me) watching a movie on the TV (a Troll movie). It was such a blessing.

Loving on your grandchildren is so easy. As a matter of fact – loving on anyone who loves you back is easy. I really enjoying cuddling with the grands and I enjoy showing love to my daughters and to my wife. I often don’t have trouble showing love to others as well – with hugs and kind words. What gets hard is showing love to those I know do not love me.

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? When I think of the word enemies – I often think of the Germans in WWII or Communists who threaten our way of life or ISIS who threatens world peace with terrorism. Enemies seem to be the worst of the worst. They are mean and contrary to all that is sacred or holy (or so it seems).

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? Some people have ill feelings toward our current POTUS (I guess that is nothing new down through the ages). Some from the Eagles’ Super Bowl team have said they will not go to the White House if invited. Same thing with some Olympians who have won events and have said they would refuse an invite.

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? It seems in Congress – and even in regular society – the side of the aisle you are on determines your enemies. If you’re more conservative (the right) – the more liberal thinkers (the left) – are your sworn enemies. If you listen to FOX news you have very little in agreement with folks who listen to CNN.

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? There is a great chasm even in the church between conservatives and liberals it seems. There are some subjects where we just cannot agree and it drives a wedge between us – even to the point of dividing our denomination – the United Methodist Church.

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? God challenges us to love even our enemies. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 5:43–48 – 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Tomorrow begins Lent. What if we tried to be more loving during Lent? What if we tried to follow after Christ’s teachings during Lent? What if we tried to love one another during Lent? Even loving our enemies!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. Join us on Shrove Tuesday – TONIGHT – February 13 – from 5-7 pm for pancakes! Bring someone with you!

Join us on Ash Wednesday – TOMORROW – February 14 – from 6-7 am for the Imposition of Ashes and a Blessing.

Join us on Ash Wednesday – February 14 – at 7 pm for an Ash Wednesday service

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