Digging Deeper

Pray and read Romans 12:17-21, Matthew 5:44

How does Jesus expect his followers to respond to enemies?
What is Paul’s translation of Jesus’ teaching on this?
What makes Jesus’ teaching so difficult for you?
What step can you take toward loving an enemy today?

Romans 12:17-21

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
    I will pay them back,”[a]
    says the Lord.
20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
    burning coals of shame on their heads.”[b]
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

a) 12:19 Deut 32:35.
b) 12:20 Prov 25:21-22.

Matthew 5:44

44 But I say, love your enemies![a] Pray for those who persecute you!

a) 5:44 Some manuscripts add Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. Compare Luke 6:27-28.
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