Love your who????

Love your who???

It was believed by the Jewish elect that if one loved their neighbor then they should just as well hate their enemies. This fit in well to the belief of the time that everyone other than the Jewish people were headed straight to the fires of hell. The Scribes and Pharisees hated many groups of people. All Gentiles were fuel for the fires of hell. Lepers were being judged because they had sinned in the womb or their parents had sinned in some way. They would not even speak the Samaritan name without spitting and these were half Jews. Their list of enemies would have been a very long list of folks.

Then along comes this itinerant Rabbi named Jesus and he blows everything out of the water. Jesus says

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Mat 5:46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

Mat 5:47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

Mat 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

Who would be our enemies?

They would likely be those who curse you; those who would despitefully use you; those who persecute you. Would not these be your enemies?

Our enemies would be those who are not Christians: those who we live next to who don’t know Jesus; those who think we are crazy because we go to church.

That boss who uses you. That family member; that former friend who knows who you were before you were saved.

 

Who is our neighbor?

Those who physically live next to us?

Those who we know and love?

It could be argued that our neighbor could be our friend or enemy.

 

Jesus also said:

 

Mat 5:38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

Mat 5:39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Mat 5:41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

 

Luk 10:25  And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luk 10:26  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

Luk 10:27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Luk 10:28  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luk 10:29  But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Luk 10:30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Luk 10:31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

Luk 10:32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Luk 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Luk 10:34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Luk 10:35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Luk 10:36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luk 10:37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

 

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Jam 2:8  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Jam 2:9  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

 

We are called to love God

 

Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

Mat 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

 

We are called to love other Christians

 

1Jo 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jo 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1Jo 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 

1Jo 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1Jo 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

1Jo 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

1Jo 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

1Jo 4:21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

 

We are called to love Jesus and believe that He came to die for our sins

 

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Joh 5:41  I receive not honour from men.

Joh 5:42  But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

Joh 5:43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Joh 5:44  How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

Joh 5:45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

Joh 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me

 

Joh 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

 

We as Christians are to show an outward expression of joy and love through the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

1Co 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1Co 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

We love because we let Jesus love through us. This love should extend to all: our enemies as well as our neighbors.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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3 Responses to Love your who????

  1. “Love Your Enemies”

    Question? Are you a disciple?

    Now a disciple is someone who follows the
    teachings of another. Do you follow the teachings
    of another or are you “self-disciplined”? The One
    called The Messiah teaches His disciples to,
    “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
    do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
    which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    that you may be the children of your Father, HE
    WHO is in Heaven;” (Matthew 5:44-45a)

    Hope is your desire is to be a Child of “your
    Father, HE WHO is in Heaven”?

    Hope is you have chosen to follow the teachings
    of The Messiah, He Who is “The Prince of Peace”.

    As you continue, remember that The Messiah
    testified, “the words you hear are not My words,but
    they are The Words of The Father(Creator) WHO
    sent Me.”(John 14:24)

    “You have heard that it has been said, an eye for an
    eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that
    you resist not evil: but whoever smites you on your
    right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any
    man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat,
    let him have your cloak also. And whoever shall
    compel you to go a mile, go with him two. Give to him
    that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you,
    turn him not away. You have heard that it has been
    said, “you shall love your neighbor, and hate your
    enemy”, but I say unto you, Love Your Enemies, bless
    them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
    and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
    persecute you; that you may be the Children of your
    Father WHO is in heaven: for HE makes HIS sun to
    rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the
    just and on the unjust. For if you love them who love
    you, what reward do you have? Do not even politicians
    do so? And if you salute your brethren only, what are
    you doing more than others? Do not even politicians
    do so? Therefore be perfect, even as your Father, HE
    WHO is in heaven, is perfect.” (Matthew 5:38-48)

    The Testimony of The Messiah you just read was
    preceded by the following verse in what the “catholic”
    and “christian” religions of this world call their “bible”.

    “Whoever therefore shall break one of these least
    commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be
    called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whoever
    shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great
    in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:19) Some
    believe that this bore witness to the laws within the Old
    Testamonies, yet this verse rightly applies to the
    teachings of The Messiah that followed, one of which
    was to “Love Your Enemies”!

    The Messiah also testified, “Why do you call Me, Master
    (Lord), Master(Lord), and do not the things which I say?”
    (Luke 6:46)

    And as Our Father spoke through Him, He testified, “If
    you love Me keep My commandments”. (John14:15,
    also read verses 16-24)

    At the end of The Messiah’s testimony, in what is
    commonly called “the sermon on the mount” (Matthew
    chapters 5,6 and 7) The Messiah bore witness to the
    following, “Not every one that says unto Me, Master,
    Master, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he
    that does the will of My Father WHO is in Heaven. Many
    will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, have we not
    prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast
    out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful
    works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
    you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity. Therefore
    WHOEVER HEARS these sayings of Mine, AND DOES
    them, I will liken him unto A WISE MAN, who built his
    house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the
    floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that
    house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
    And EVERY ONE THAT HEARS these sayings of Mine,
    AND DOES THEM NOT, shall be likened unto A
    FOOLISH MAN, who built his house upon the sand: And
    the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds
    blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was
    the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:21-27)

    “HEARS these sayings AND DOES THEM”!

    May The Messiah’s GOD and Father, HE WHO is The
    GOD and Father of The Messiah’s Brethren, help us
    that we would hear and do! For except HE gives the grace,
    strength and love, except HE gives of HIS Spirit, none
    could do! ” And so the elect “cry unto GOD day and night”!
    (Luke 18:7b)

    The letters in what this world calls the “bible” are in perfect
    harmony with The Messiah’s teaching of “Love Your
    Enemies”. “Bless them who persecute you: bless, and
    curse not.” (Romans 12:14) “Recompense to no man evil
    for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it is
    possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all
    men. Dearly beloved, avenge not your selves, but rather
    give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine;
    I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hungers,
    feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink: for in so doing you
    will heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil,
    but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)

    “See that none renders evil for evil unto any man; but ever
    follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to
    all men.” (I Thessalonians 5:15) “Not rendering evil for evil,
    or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
    you were called to do so, that you should inherit a blessing.
    For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain
    his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
    Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and
    ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous,
    and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the
    Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm
    you, if you are followers of that which is good? But and if you
    suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and be not
    afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the
    LORD GOD in your hearts: and be ready always to give an
    answer to every man that asks you for the reason of the hope
    that is in you, with meekness and fear: Having a good
    conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of
    evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your
    good conversation in The Messiah.” (I Peter 3:9-13)

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
    principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
    darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
    places.” (Ephesians 6:12) “For though we walk in the flesh,
    we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare
    are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of
    strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high
    thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of GOD, and
    bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
    The Messiah;” (II Corinthians10:3-5)

    “You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of The
    Messiah. No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs
    of this life; that he may please HIM who has chosen him to be
    a soldier.” (II Timothy 2:3-4) “I beseech you therefore, brethren,
    by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living
    sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable
    service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed
    by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
    good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of GOD.”
    (Romans 12:1-2)

    Many desire and expect ease in this temporal life, but tribulation
    awaits those that follow the teachings of The Messiah in this
    world! Yet, what a blessed end! “Blessed are they which are
    persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom
    of Heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and
    persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
    falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great
    is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets
    which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12) “Confirming the
    souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the
    faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the
    Kingdom of GOD.” (Acts 14:22) “These things I have spoken
    unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you
    shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
    the world.” (John 12:33) “For unto you it is given in the behalf
    of The Messiah, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer
    for His sake; having the same conflict which you saw in me, and
    now hear to be in me.” (Philippians 1:29-30) “Forasmuch then as
    The Messiah has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
    likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh
    hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his
    time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the Will of GOD.”
    (I Peter 4:1-2)

    Whom do you follow? Do you desire The Will of “The One GOD,
    Father of All”? Have you chosen to serve GOD and follow HIS
    Only Begotten Son, The Messiah, on The Way to The Truth of
    The Life? The Messiah was “a servant of The Only True GOD”
    and The Messiah Loved His Enemies! Whom do you follow?

    Whom do you serve?

    “No man can serve two masters!” (Matt 6:24a)

    Choose rightly! Choose to follow The Messiah! Chose to be His
    disciple and call upon GOD day and night for the strength needed
    to “Love Your Enemies” so that you might “enter in at the strait
    gate”: “for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to
    destruction, and many there are who enter that gate: Because
    strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and
    few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

    Be one of the few!

    Lest there be confusion it is well to remember that The Messiah
    “Loved His Enemies”, and so it was when He rebuked the
    pharisee’s, those religious zealots who denied Him as they
    sought to crucify The Truth: “Woe unto you, scribes and
    pharisee’s, hypocrites! For you are like whited sepulchres,
    which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of
    dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also
    outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full
    of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and pharisee’s,
    hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish
    the sepulchres of the righteous,” (Matthew 23:27-29)

    Yes, The Messiah loved them!

    And so He told them The Truth even though He knew the
    pharisee’s wanted to kill Him. “Some save with compassion,
    others with fear….” (Jude 22-23)

    “But i say unto you who hear, Love Your Enemies!! (Luke 6:27a)

    Are you listening? Do you hear?

    The Messiah testified, “…whoever HEARS these sayings of
    Mine, and DOES them, I will liken him unto a WISE man, which
    built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24) and “And WHY
    do you call Me, Master, Master, and do not the things which I
    say?” (Luke 6:46) “For whoever shall do the will of My Father
    WHO is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and
    mother.” (Matthew 13:50)

    That which The Messiah taught was of The Only True GOD,
    for The Messiah spoke The Words of GOD, and GOD’s Word
    is HIS Will! And The Messiah testified, “Love Your Enemies”!

    Do you “Love Your Enemies”?

    And the religious systems that are of this world?

    Do they follow The Messiah, He Who is
    “The Prince of Peace”?

    Do they exhort their “members” to “Love Your Enemies”
    in deed, or in word only?

    Seems the fruit of death is born of religion’s way,
    for life is but a pawn in the wicked game they play ;-(

    Seems religious systems are but the legacy of the
    pharisee’s ;-(

    The Messiah testified, “Whoever lives and believes in
    Me(My Testimony and My example of The Life) shall
    never die!”

    And then The Messiah questioned.

    “Do you believe this?” YES!

    And you? Do you believe?

    Or do you believe in death?

    Those who believe in death can not
    “Love Their Enemies” ;-(

    If you do believe in The Life, then you will
    “Love Your Enemies” for you know victory
    over death is assured! And The Victor, The
    Messiah, desired above all else, “Father,
    not My will, But THY Will Be Done”!

    And those who seek to follow Him, those who
    would be His disciples, will have the same desire.

    Simply, the desire for “Father, not my will, But THY
    Will Be Done” is “The Way to The Truth of The Life”.

    So simple that “a child will understand”!

    An adopted child of “The One GOD, Father of All”
    that is.

    Such “children” will no longer deny and defy The
    Father that created them, for they know that The
    Life is Their Father’s Will ;-) HIS “children” will no
    longer be of those “GOD will destroy because they
    are destroying(and perverting) HIS Creation(land,
    air, water, creatures, Truth, Peace, Love, Hope,
    Life, .etc.) ;-( (Rev 11:18)

    Lest there be confusion, be aware of the fact that
    The Messiah testified of “a wicked world” and that
    “those of this wicked world hated Him”.

    The Messiah also testified that those of this wicked
    world “would also hate His disciples”!

    And John testified, “love not the world or its things”,
    and “if any man loves this world, the Love of The
    Father is not in him”, for “the WHOLE world is under
    the control of the evil one”!

    And James testified, “whoever is a friend of this
    world is the enemy of GOD”!

    “Love Your Enemies” refers to mankind. Disciples
    of The Messiah are not to love this “world”, for this
    “wicked world” is but the product of “the lust of the
    eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life” that
    fuels mankind’s “imag”ination. And mankind’s
    “imag”ination, “evil inventions” and self-centered
    ways are destroying and perverting Creation(land,
    air, water, creatures, Truth, Peace, Love, .etc.) ;-(

    And “the god of this world”, he who is “the father
    of lies, is “d”evil spirit that dominates and provides
    the fuel for mankind’s “imag”ination. The children
    of The Only True GOD are to resist that evil, lying
    spirit which is leading those who are of this wicked
    world along the broad way to destruction ;-(

    You can not use the religious systems that call
    themselves “catholic”, or “christian”, or “pentecostal”,
    or “mormon”, or “jehovah witnesses”, or any other
    system of religion as an excuse for not believing and
    seeking to follow the teachings of The Messiah,
    because “religions” do not follow The Messiah,
    religions follow and believe the lies that are of
    mankind’s “imag”ination.

    One such lie is the “imag”ined name, “jesus christ”,
    a name they gave to one head of an “imag”ined
    three-headed pagan “god” some 500, or so, years
    ago ;-( And because of such “imag”ination and other
    “catholic/christian” theo(ry)logical lies, “The Way of
    Truth is evil spoken of” ;-( (2 Peter 2:2)

    Yet, There Is Hope!

    Hope! Not for that which is of mankind’s “imag”ination
    and which is destroying and perverting Creation ;-( But
    There Is Hope for that which is of The Only True GOD,
    that which is Light, Truth and Life.

    Hope! For Miracles do happen!

    Hope is there be will those who experience The Miracle
    that is receiving “a love of The Truth”. Those who receive
    “a love of The Truth” will “Love Their Enemies”, and they
    will experience:

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this
    wicked world for “the WHOLE world is under the control
    of the evil one” indeed and Truth……. francisco

  2. Clint Rodgers says:

    Hello Francisco and thanks for your view.

    I will assume that the question was not a rhetorical question and answer it.
    Yes I am a disciple. A disciple of Jesus, the One whom you refer to as the Messiah. I also call Him Lord, Savior and King of Kings. He is God the Father in the flesh, He is the only begotten Son of God so that when I follow what He says I am following the Fathers Words. He is the Word, He is the Truth, and He is the Way.
    I cannot be self-disciplined because if I relied upon myself, or religion, or denominations to get me to Life then I would miss the mark greatly.

    Thanks again for your comment

  3. ElderChild says:

    sad it is, that if a lie is told often enough and long enough it becomes “truth” to those who “love this world, and their own life in and of it” ;-(

    simply, “The Only True GOD, HE WHO IS Spirit, was in The Messiah”!

    Thankfully The GOD and Father of The Messiah, is also The GOD and Father of The Messiah’s Brethren! Our GOD and Our Father, indeed and Truth…….

    Hopefully yours!

    Father Help! and HE does…….

    Truth is never ending…….

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