September 3, 2017, 10:03 PM

Love Your Enemies (Today's sermon reflections)

Matthew 5:43-47 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."

Difficult message this morning to apply. We need to challenge ourselves to love like Christ, not based on how they treat us, when they are good to us, or when we are in a terrific mood.  Our love needs to be perfect, like Christ's love.  He loved us while we were sinners, haters of God, and hearts that were desperately wicked.  This week love like Christ.