WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT LOVING YOUR ENEMIES.
Love is the hallmark of Christianity. As Christian women, God wants to spread the fragrance of his love through us. While it is easy to love people who are our friends or our loved ones, it is a bit more difficult to love those who are our enemies. Even then, the Bible commands us to always love our enemies and do good to those that hate us. Honestly speaking, this is not easy but it is possible with God’s help.
To love our enemies, we must have an understanding of how deep God’s love is for humanity and how precious one soul is to God. The Bible presents us with a picture of the depth of God’s love. It shows us how Christ came to die for us while we were all still sinners and enemies of God. If Jesus could die for us while we were still sinners, should we not also love our enemies even though they do evil against us?
The Bible is the best place to receive a revelation of God’s love. Therefore, we bring you these scriptures that will help you love your enemies just the way Christ would. Take these pills of love into your spirit and you will receive more of God’s love into your heart without any hindrance.
Bible Verses on Loving Your Enemies
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”
“To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.”
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
1 John 4:7
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
“And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
“If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,”
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
1 Corinthians 16:14
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
1 Peter 3:9
“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
When we love our enemies, we show the life of Christ and they can also be convicted of their sins and repent of their wicked ways. We should never repay evil with evil, rather we must overcome evil with good. Vengeance belongs to God alone, and he will recompense every one according to the works of our hands.
It is God’s duty to make sure that the righteous are kept secure and that the wish of their enemies does not come to pass over them. We cannot avenge or vindicate ourselves the way God will. We just have to show love to everyone around us and trust God to deal with our enemies, whichever way pleases him. This proves that we trust in God fully.