#116 – Mercy in love your enemies

So often we take a truth and add to it.  “If you love Washington Redskins… then you have to hate Dallas Cowboys?”  As the guys discuss “loving our enemy”, we often try to justify this in our minds, instead of looking just at the Truth.  The guys open a discussion of mercy and how it relates to transforming our minds to love our enemies.  Check below for the shownotes.

  • Leviticus 19 says we are love your neighbor, but nowhere in Scripture does it say hate our enemy
    • In Biblical times, Jewish tradition infers or assumes then that we can hate our enemy. 
      • “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord,” Leviticus 19:18
    • Check out this article https://carm.org/does-the-old-testament-teach-to-hate-your-enemies
    • This is wrong thinking and Jesus corrects it.
  • Jesus calls us to love our enemies. But how?
    • Let’s look at God first… then run our lives through His grid.
      • Matthew 5:38-48
    • Now let’s look at Mercy.
      • Exodus 34:6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
      • Mercy Definitions
        • God not punishing us as our sins deserve..
        • Webster- Compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power.
        • Bible Dictionary- To be spared or rescued from judgment harm danger or trouble
    • Check out this site for a discussion between Mercy and Grace: https://www.gotquestions.org/mercy-grace.html
  • Why is mercy important as we think of “Love your enemy”?
    • We expect to receive mercy from God… but when we choose to extend mercy, we choose the amount of mercy to give.
    • MATTHEW 18: 21-25
      • The King shows great mercy to his servant.
      • Yet the servant showed no mercy to the one owing him.
      • How can we not show mercy to others when God shows Great Mercy to us!?
  • Jesus points is to a higher standard. The True standard.
    • The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 is a continuation of a Higher standard/thinking/living.
    • Not just love of neighbor and not to your enemy, but mercy to all!
  • How can we do this? How can we love our enemy?
    • The bottom line…We can’t. We can’t in and of ourselves.
    • Only God can… and thankfully we have God’s spirit in us. 
    • I Corinthians 2:11-13 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”

Only through the Holy Spirit, you CAN love your enemies.