Loving our Enemies
Have someone from your group read today’s passage from Romans 12:9-21.
In this passage we are challenged to live out love in very tangible and challenging ways. We are called to bless our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. We hear about extreme forms of persecution all the time through the news. Think of the recent killings in Kenya. People were intentionally murdered because of their faith in Jesus. While we don’t typically face this type of persecution in the US we still face forms of persecution and we still encounter enemies whom we are called to love.
On a piece of paper jot down words or definitions that come to mind when you think of the word enemy. We don’t typically see others as our “enemy” per say, however, consider the following definition as you are discussing what it means to have or be an enemy. Definition: “An enemy is a person who actively opposes someone or something. Hostile, unfriendly, someone who is not a friend”.
Take some time to consider the following questions: Who would you consider to be your enemy? Who might consider you to be an enemy? Where in your life have you experienced persecution for your belief in Jesus? Discuss your responses.
Even if you are struggling to think of others whom you’d consider an enemy the passage above challenges us to “bless those who persecute us”, to be humble , and tells us not to “repay evil for evil”. This could be in reference to the person who cut you off in traffic or a family member who has left you wounded. How might you show love to the individuals whom you consider an enemy or who may consider you an enemy? Think of one tangible way you might love this person or group of people this week through your words, thoughts, and actions. Discuss this with your group and pray asking for the Holy Spirit’s leading and strength.