You might want to review which enemies do we love?

If you do a quick review of the subject of loving your “enemies” in the New Testament you’ll find them listed as “your”  enemies”; members of one’s own household,, you before you were saved, lovers of the world, unrepentent Christians, doubters of God’s Word, etc. But if you look at the “enemies: of God” the matter of loving changes a bit, for example. Luke 19:27, “And as for those enemies of Mine who didn’t want me to be their King, bring them in and execute them right in front of me.” Or consider Paul’s dealing with Elymas, Acts 13:9-11, “You son of the Devil, full of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struct blind.” Hmmm, selah. Sojourner

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2 Responses to You might want to review which enemies do we love?

  1. Bill says:

    This is a subject I struggle with. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but this interpretation seems (to me, at least) to be saying that God holds us to a higher standard than He himself has. We’re being ordered to love OUR enemies, but God can hate HIS. Like I said, I struggle with this.

  2. I surely confer with you, it is a struggle and we don’t have all the answers, but I guess we have to refer to Romans 9: 14-18. In the case of Islam, as in the case of sin, we love the sinner and hate the sin, (expecting, hopping etc. they’ll repent, but we’re not continuing to condon the sin if they don’t, as in the case of “shunning” Paul mentions, which doesn’t at first appear very loving). The same applies to Muslims, we can’t endorse their beliefs and accept them without pointing out they risk becoming enemies of God, by blaspheming Jesus Christ and trampling on His sacrifice as we read in Hebrews. They cannot plead ignorance. We must defend the Faith. But I’m certainly open to more edification on the subject if you have more insight. Sojourner

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