Bible Question:

I found your website while browsing. I have only gone through your last study. Am I right in saying the following? Though we have to love our enemies, whoever that enemy might be and whatever he has done, our expressions of love should foremost include a

Bible Answer:

Jesus challenged us to love our enemies in Matthew 5:43-44 when He said,

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 (NASB) Matthew 5:44

Jesus wants us to love our enemies and the highest expression of our love for them and for God is to tell them about Jesus Christ.

How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (NASB) Romans 10:14-17

Next, our love has many expressions and forgiveness is one of those expressions,

And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him. (NASB) Luke 17:4


Jesus desires that we love our enemies, our neighbors and our fellow Christians,

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (NASB) Galatians 6:10

Reference Links:

Pursuing Holiness - Forgiveness and Others
Forgive Seventy Times Seven
Forgiveness - Is It Missing?