Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27).
Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they did (Luke 23:34).
This article about the enemy that loves you is divided into two parts. The first part is the explanation of the principle; the second part explains the revolutionary principle from our Lord.
Love your enemy first part
He sat on the upper deck of the US warship Missouri and watched the so-called peace lawsuit, ending the Pacific Second World War. General Douglas MacArthur, who represents the United States, said something that made him sneer.
“Let us pray that the world will restore peace now, and God will preserve it forever.”
Fuchida’s historian wrote: “Fuchida is skeptical. When he talks about eternal peace, he doubts his emperor, he does not believe in the general now. No, he thinks, you are wrong, MacArthur. Peace is not coming The world. More trouble is coming.”
Mitsuo Fuchida knows that war is the natural state of mankind. People are selfish and their interests are conflicting. As long as people live on Earth, war will occur and war will end in the end. This is natural and normal. There is no way to end it.
One day after the war, Fuchida was talking to some former prisoners of war who had just returned from US detention. That was when he started to hear another way.
Some people detained in the United States told a young American social worker named Peggy Covell that he was very friendly to them, even though the Japanese were her deadly enemies.
Once, Fuchida understood the reasons for her goodwill.
A close friend of Fuchida was shot down and spent the rest of the war in the American prisoner of war camp. Among them, he met Peggy Covell. He asked why she was so kind, why she was desperate to help him. He is not ready to answer her.
I am very friendly to the Japanese because the Japanese murdered my parents.
Her parents, Jimmy and Charma Covell, were Japanese missionaries. Like other missionaries, when the war was threatened, they had withdrawn from the Philippines. In the end, they were discovered and beheaded.
Their sons and daughters in the United States did not know the death of their parents until the liberation of the Philippines in 1945. At first, Peggy was very angry and full of hatred. Those who had become parents’ love and prayer objects might kill them. But in the end, she knew she had to forgive them and show them the love of Christ. She asked and found that the prisoner of war hospital needed social workers, and she volunteered.
She forgave her enemies and loves those who bring so much sorrow to their lives.
When Fuchida heard the news, he was shocked. Who heard of the enemy of forgiveness? He said that in Japan, a seven-time curse on a person’s enemies is considered glorious. But forgive them?
He began to read this Christian faith. One day, he found a book called “I am a Japanese prisoner of war”, written by one of Dobittle’s Raiders, who was shot down and spent three years in a prison camp. There, he began to know Christ and decided that at the end of the war, the Lord would let him return to Japan as a missionary.
Next, Fuchida met a man who published the Bible. He eagerly took one to go home and read it, and wanted to learn more about this new belief in ending the war. He reads and reads. Then he came to Luke 23.
The Lord Jesus hung on the cross and dying. At the root of the cross, his executioner mocked him, spitting, cursing him, Jesus looking up to heaven and praying, “Father, please forgive them. They don’t know what they did.”
At that moment, Fuchida became a Christian. He has never seen a Christian and has never spoken to a person. But Christ captured his heart through an example of a young woman who loves, not hates, a projector that once loved the cruelty of his captives, and Christ’s own testimony.
Later, he will meet Romans 5:8, “But when we were sinners, God revealed his love for us, and Christ died for us.”
This is changing the world. revolution. amazing.
“It’s like the sun rises,” Fuchida said.
For the rest of his life, Mitsuo Fuchida is committed to spreading the message of Jesus Christ.
I heard that he spoke in the chapel of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the mid-1960s and never forgot it. I don’t remember one thing he said; but I will never forget who he is and how God captured this warrior. (This story was first told in Gordon Prange’s book “God’s Samurai” and later in T. Martin Bennett’s “Injured Tiger”. Fuchida’s autobiography is for that day.)
Love your enemy part two
Love your enemy.
Nothing about our Lord’s teachings is subject to more attacks, jealousy, ridicule, and jealousy than calling on people to love those who hate them, turning another cheek when they are hit, and using one’s oppressor to go Two miles, give someone a shirt to steal his jacket.
However, this may be the most amazing, revolutionary, world-saving principle of all time.
The text is Luke 6:27-35. It is a larger version of the same information in Matthew Chapter 5, “The Sermon on the Mount.”
Luke 6:27 answers three great questions…
– “Lord, is this the teaching of everyone?”
No, he said, “I tell you the people you hear.” Not everyone hears or gets spiritual things. “Nature people do not accept the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolish to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
– “Lord, what does your enemy mean? Who is my enemy?”
A: Those who hate you, threaten you, curse you, hit you, and catch you. It’s not that you treat them as enemies, just as they put themselves in that category by action.
– “Lord, how can I love them? I don’t even like them?”
A: He did not order you to like them. Some of them did not like it either. He ordered you to love them. In the Bible, love is always more than an emotion, but always accompanied by action. Love is what we do.
So, when the Lord commands us to love our enemies, he will give four actions to explain his ideas accurately…
We must do good things for the enemy.
We want to bless our enemies. In other words, say good things to them.
We have to pray for our enemies. Ask God to do His will in their lives.
We are going to give our enemies.
This is the four most basic acts of love: doing good deeds, blessings, prayers and dedication. Of course, you can do these things for your beloved child or grandson. But you did these four things. You do good things for your children, bless you, pray for them, give them, and so on. But when he calls us to love our enemies, these four acts are what the Lord thinks.
This is changing the world. In fact, it is more than just…
When we do love for the enemy, there are 12 things…
God is honored.
Jesus is very happy.
The Holy Spirit can use our actions to achieve his purpose.
The devil is irritated. You did not follow the rules.
Enemies – those who do bad things to you – are confused. They completely hope that you will retaliate and do it like you treat you.
Criticism of the church is silent. They are all ready to watch you respond to the bad guy with your own evil behavior, and they will be used against you. But on the contrary, you do things that love, they don’t know what to do.
The church itself is lucky.
Christians who have experienced hard times will see and be inspired by your actions and will do the same.
Outsiders were attracted to Jesus. Finally, they saw someone doing the same thing!
You are very lucky.
Your anger has disappeared.
According to Luke 6:35, your reward in heaven is great.
One thing you and I have done in this life is to show the love of Christ more than the people who are nervous to us, to constantly harass us, to persecute our faith, and to make our lives miserable and more important.
This is not natural. It cannot be done in the flesh. It is supernatural and only the Spirit of God is feasible.
Only godly and loyal people will do this. The rest will respond to litigation, their own attacks, their own embarrassment and revenge.
Jesus understands this. He says…
– If you only love those who love you, then where is its power? The lost person does this.
– If you only do good things for those who are good for you, then where is the power? Unsaved people do this every day.
– If you only give those who give back to you, it would be too big. The world always does this.
But if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you will not be allowed to retaliate. You will love your enemies, do good things for those who persecute you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who threaten you, and give to those who will take your things.
Do this and the world changes.
You have his words.
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