Quick Thought Thursday: Enemies?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 5-6.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” ~Luke 6:27

I’ve heard first world Christians quote this so often that it losses it’s power and becomes nothing more than a pithy saying. Who are our enemies?

Is it the man down the street who scowls at us when we drive by? Is it a relative you haven’t talked to in years? Is it somebody who sits in your spot, or cuts you off, or buys the last toasted blueberry bagel? Is it “that other political party?”

“Our” enemies hold no real power over us! What do we really know about enemies?

When Jesus says “love your enemies,” he’s saying it to a group of people who lived in an occupied land under the brutal rule of the Romans. Jesus is saying this to people who had experienced great atrocities, including infanticide about 30 years earlier when Herod was trying to kill the child Jesus. Now he says, “love your enemies!”

What kind of love is this? This is so radically counter-cultural that you might be tempted to believe that Jesus was stark raving mad, but he didn’t just speak these words, he lived them for all to see.

Jesus loved his enemies, he prayed for his enemies, even though they muttered about him, even though they plotted against him, even though they spit at him, beat him, stripped him naked, mocked him, and mocked him some more … Still he loved and prayed for his enemies.

These words, with these enemies carry so much more power!

This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?

#Matthew5:43-44 #Luke19:7 #Mark3:6 #Mark15:16-32

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