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Loving Our Enemies

First, Seek Him...

Are there people in your life who don’t like you or even hate you? Being kind to our enemies is so difficult, yet God calls us to love them anyway, and His Word tells us how. As you think about the enemies in your life, “Seek Him” about how you can love them today.

...Then Speak Him

How we love those who hate us sets an example and precedent for those who watch us. Our kids probably won’t love their enemies if we don’t. This is such an important decision and action as a family – and it starts with a conversation. Seek Him Speak Him about loving your enemies today!

Proverbs 25:21-22
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

Word

God, what are you saying to me?

According to God’s Word, your enemy is not someone you hate (because, to be clear, the Bible tells us to love); your enemy is someone who hates you. Eating and drinking are basic necessities in life, and God tells us to love our enemies in ways like helping with these. Do we have enemies – people who hate or don’t like us – right now? Why do you think they feel this way? Let’s be honest, do we hate them back or do we try to love them? How loving does a cup of water seem to you?

Why

God, why does this matter?

In Scripture, heaping “burning coals” on our enemies’ heads does not mean hurting them! In Bible times, “burning coals” were the means of cooking food and purifying water. Sharing “burning coals” helped others be able to prepare their food and water, too. Such kindness could literally sustain their lives. When we love our enemies, perhaps we help sustain them so they have another opportunity to know Jesus. Would this be worth it to you? Are we willing to try to get past other’s hate to show them God’s love in tangible ways?

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” (Luke 6:27). Loving people who hate us is perhaps life’s greatest challenge, but Jesus tells us three ways to do this: 1) do good to them, 2) bless them (perhaps in ways like food and water), and 3) pray for them. Let’s think through these three things. What’s a way we could “do good” for someone who doesn’t like us? What’s a way we could bless them? How should we pray for them?

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

 

We worship God when we love not just those who love us but also those who don’t love us. Let’s read Luke 6:32-36 together. Moving forward, what does loving our enemies look like for our family? Is there a person or some new people God is calling us to love? Should we show that love through food or water, words or deeds, practice or prayers? Let’s talk to God about how He wants us to love our enemies!

Proverbs 25:21-22
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
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A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

Lord God, it’s hard for us to love our enemies! But we know that You give us strength to do all things – even this (Philippians 4:13). Help us to love others and be kind even to our enemies, in Your Name Jesus, amen.

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