The theme for David Jeremiah daily devotional October 29 2022 is Life…in the Words of Jesus: Love Your Enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
Recommended Reading: Romans 12:20
The Pharisees in Jesus’ day hated their enemies and taught their followers to do the same. But Jesus corrected that erroneous practice in the Sermon on the Mount.
The Pharisees had taken an Old Testament command to love one’s neighbor (Leviticus 19:18) and added these words: “and hate your enemy” (Matthew 5:43). The Old Testament does not teach hating one’s enemies. In fact, it teaches just the opposite: being kind to your enemies (Exodus 23:4-5). So Jesus called out the Pharisees and their rewriting of Leviticus 19:18 and corrected it. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you” (Matthew 5:44). Both Stephen (Acts 7:59-60) and Jesus (Luke 23:34) prayed that God would forgive those who were putting them to death.
Who are our enemies? Anyone with whom we have a strained relationship or from whom we have received unloving words or deeds. With Christ’s help, you can love your enemies as He loves you.
You never so touch the ocean of God’s love as when you forgive and love your enemies.
Corrie ten Boom.
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