February 24th, 2019

Read: LUKE 6:27-38 & PSALM 103:1-13

Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany

"Love your enemies." (LUKE 6:27)

ENEMY

It's easy to love those who love you. But what about your enemy? How can you love the very person who hates you? It seems the Lord is calling you to an impossible task.

If you find it hard to love your enemy, see how Jesus treated His enemies. Jesus loved His enemies to the end. When His enemies nailed Him to the cross, He prayed for their forgiveness. When they beat Him, spat on Him, and crucified Him He poured out His sacred blood for their redemption. And there was no resentment in the Lord's heart. When He came to His disciples Easter morning, He didn't come in a spirit of vengeance, looking to settle scores with those who betrayed and deserted Him. He came with words of peace and forgiveness. When the Lord Jesus was met with hatred, He met His enemies with love.

Remember, we, too, were once enemies of God. We, too, were hostile to God in mind, alienated from the life of God because of sin. Yet God did not hold our sin against us. He sought us in Christ. He redeemed us and made us His own in Baptism. When we consider how God met our hostility with mercy, our evil with good, the Holy Spirit works a change in our minds and hearts. He renews us in Christ's image so that we begin to love our enemies, even as Christ loved us.

"Lord, help me to love my enemy.Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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