Bible insights from your friends at La Jolla Lutheran Church

Learn from Jesus. Love without reservation.

Jesus encourages us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. (See Luke 6:27-36.) What does that look like?

As we watch Jesus' behavior, we discover that loving our enemies doesn't mean that we have to adopt our enemies' values. Jesus didn't. (See Luke 6:6-11 and Luke 19:37-40 as two examples.) Similarly, loving our enemies does not mean that we have to stay silent when they say things that aren't true, or that we have to do what they say. Jesus didn't do these things, either. Loving our enemies does not mean giving in to their bad behavior.

Reflection questions

What are some ways you could love your enemies?

God, help us to love like you love and to forgive like you forgive. Thank you. We praise you! Amen.