Bible Question:

The Bible tells us to love our enemy. So since Satan is our enemy, should we love him?

Bible Answer:

Satan is our enemy. That is the testimony of scripture. Jesus revealed the nature of Satan when He informed Peter that Satan wanted to sift Him as wheat. That revealed that Satan is our enemy.

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31 (NAS95S)

In 2 Corinthians 2:11 we are also told that Satan schemes against us. Matthew 13:39 adds that the devil is our enemy. Notice James 4:7,

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NAS95S)

So how should we respond to Satan? Jesus told us love our enemies. Here is His statement.

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,” Matt 5:43-44 (NAS95S)

This statement is very clear. We are to love everyone, including Satan. Even though the Bible does not say that God loves Satan, the scriptures do reveal that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). That is His character. He loves everyone and Satan is a person – an invisible, wicked angel whom God created. The biblical concept of love does not mean that we must approve of a person’s actions, viewpoints, or character traits. Love calls us to pray for people, to care about their souls, and to encourage them in right conduct. Love also means that we encourage others to follow and obey God (Eph 4:15). Satan will not do that. It is important to notice that God warns us to resist Satan. We are not to explore the occult or to seek a relationship with him.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Jas 4:7 (NAS95S)

Conclusion:

We are called to love everyone. Love must be tough. Sometimes it must call a person to obedience and hopefully never have to rebuke a person for sins. Satan has rejected God and some day our loving God will have to send him to the Lake of Fire where he will spend eternity. But remember he is not your friend. He is not someone to seek after. He is your enemy and seeks your harm. We would encourage you to read about Satan in the study on Angels – Good and Evil.

Reference Links:

Angels - Good & Evil
Is Satan An Angel?
Where Did Satan Come From?
What Is Satanism?
What is the biblical belief on communing with the dead?
Peace With God