Luke 6:35

8/1/2020

"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."

This verse tells us to love our enemies, to do good to them and lend to them without expecting anything back.

When we do this our reward will be great, because he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

This is challenging to understand in light of verses that say God is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29) and his wrath is upon them (John 3:36).

Then I read a few verses before this,

"27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

"32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that."

The idea is to "Love our enemies" because they are in great danger because the wrath of God remains upon them that do not believe (John 3:36) and since we have been saved and have hope we should be compelled to reach those that remain in enslaved to sin with no hope. What could be more important than loving them?

What this passage does not say is that we should approve of or speak affirmation of the sins that are killing those that are lost. That is not loving them, but hating them because who could encourage someone to destroy themselves without hating them?

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