What Jesus Did! 'What to Do with Enemies?' — Luke 6:27

Friday, April 3, 2015

"I say to you people that are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those people that hate you."
— Luke 6:27 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:27 NLT — "I say to you people that are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those people that hate you."

Key Thought

Can you think of anything more convicting than these words of Jesus? The goal of a Christian is to be like the Master. That means we are redemptive in all that we do. The goal is clear with our enemies; we are to love them and to do good to them. The question for us is not what our goal or our example is. The question is whether or not we have the courage and the commitment to be willing to listen to Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that doing good to and loving my enemy is not something I enjoy doing or find easy. Please use your Holy Spirit to transform me and empower me to be more like your Son as I deal with my enemies. Give me wisdom to know how to stand for righteousness and truth, to oppose evil and those who promote it, and not to become corrupted by the power of hate. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 23:32-38
  • Acts 7:54-60
  • 1 Peter 1:21-25

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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