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The Rwandan Genocide. Love your enemies Is it really possible?. Romans 12:14-21. Romans 12. v1-2 : Our spiritual worship - offering consecrated bodies and renewed minds. v3-8 : Our spiritual gifts – using natural and supernatural gifts from God.

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romans 12
Romans 12
  • v1-2: Our spiritual worship - offering consecrated bodies and renewed minds.
  • v3-8: Our spiritual gifts – using natural and supernatural gifts from God.
  • v9-13: Our spiritual family -love within the family of God.
  • v14-21: Our spiritual maturity – loving others.

(note similar structure with 1 Cor 12-13)

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You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can. If you love everyone and everything you lose your natural powers of selection and wind up being a pretty poor judge of character and quality. If anything is used too freely it loses its true meaning.

Marilyn Manson

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Flight

Fight

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v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

v 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

v21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

v 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

v21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

v 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

v21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

motives to love our enemies
Motives to love our enemies
  • Helps me to move on with my life.
  • Good for health.
  • Eases my conscience.
  • Puts me on the higher moral ground.
  • Frustrates my enemies.
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“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who curse you.” Luke 6:27

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matt 5:44

What did Jesus do when his enemies nailed him to the cross?

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy…Romans 12:1a

  • But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.Luke 6:35-36
  • Parable of the unmerciful servant. Matt 18:21-35
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What we think when people hurt us

That @#!! who stabbed me behind my back and cost me my promotion…hope he rots in !!%#$@

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What we should think when we hurt God.

What we think when people hurt us

That @#!! who stabbed me behind my back and cost me my promotion…hope he rots in !!%#$@

  • I have sinned against God when I ____, ____, ____, ____,____, ____,____,____, ____, ____,____,____,____, ____,____,____,____,____,____, ____,____,____,____, ____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,____,

….I deserve to rot in !!@#

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Pray to bless your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).

  • Pray more for their relationship with God, then your relationship with them (e.g; thief on the cross).
  • Pray you show them mercy, as you received mercy from God.
  • Prayer may not change your enemies, but….
words which fuel hatred
Words which fuel hatred.
  • Falsehood, partial truths & exaggeration (Prov. 24:28), (2 Cor. 4:2).
  • Gossip (Prov. 16:28), (Prov. 26:20).
  • Slander (Titus 2:3, 2 Tim 3:3-5, Greek word “diabolos” is title for Devil).
  • Speaking the truth NOT in love (Prov. 12:18, 13:3, 17:28)
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“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise bring healing” Prov. 12:18

  • “A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends” Prov. 16:28
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” Eph. 4:29
  • “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” Matt. 12:36
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v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

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v 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

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Pray to bless your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).

  • Guard your tongue (v14b).
  • Learn to love people who are different (v15-16).
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v 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.

Greek word pronoeo means to give thought to the future, to plan in advance, to take extra precaution.

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For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.2 Cor. 8:21

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

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Pray to bless your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).

  • Guard your tongue (v14b).
  • Learn to love people who are different (v15-16).
  • Carefully consider to do what is right (v17, Phil 4:2-9 ).
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Phil 4v2I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

V4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.

v8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

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Pray regularly to love your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).

  • Guard our tongue (v14b).
  • Learn to love people who are different (v15-16).
  • Carefully consider to do what is right (v17, Phil 4:2-9 ).
  • Recognize your limits (v18-20).
limits to peace
Limits to peace
  • Some people are not interested in peace.
  • Godliness is not dependent on results, but obedience.
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v 18Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

making hate your idol
Making Hate your idol.
  • Desire justice.
  • Demand justice.
  • Dictate terms for justice.
  • Replace justice with vengeance.
  • Let hate consume you.
overcoming hate with love
Overcoming hate with love

v17“You are more righteous than I,” he said (King Saul). “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. v19 When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you have treated me today. (1 Sam 24: 17, 19)

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Pray to bless your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).

  • Guard your tongue (v14b).
  • Learn to love people who are different (v15-16).
  • Carefully consider to do what is right (v17, Phil 4:2-9 ).
  • Recognize your limits (v18-20).
  • Overcome hate with love (v21).
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v 20“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

v21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

love your enemies
Love your enemies.
  • Pray to bless your enemies (v14a, v1, Luke 6:27, 36, Matt 5:44-45).
  • Guard your tongue (v14b).
  • Learn to love people who are different (v15-16).
  • Carefully consider to do what is right (v17, Phil 4:2-9 ).
  • Recognize your limits (v18-20).
  • Overcome hate with love (v21).