SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2018
THEME: LOVING THE UNLOVABLE
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:43-48
MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”
Is it really possible to love one’s enemies? Humanly speaking, this is not possible but scripturally speaking, it is what we are commanded to do as Christians even though it seems difficult. (Matthew 5:43-44).Part of the characteristics of what entitles us as Christians to be called the children of God is when we exhibit love to those who are unlovable (Matthew 5:45). According to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Love is the only force that is capable of transforming an enemy into a friend”.
Truly speaking, it is very difficult to love someone who is one’s enemy (Matthew 5:43). But it is practicable and possible. Proverbs 25:21-22 says when you give your enemy food or water, you heap coals of fire on his head and the Lord shall reward you. That is why we are commanded to be perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48).
We need to remember that Christ loved us even before we ever come to know Him. Such is the love He expects us to display to those we see as “unlovable” because God is Love! (Read 1 John 4:8-11, 15-16). If you say that you love God but hates someone around you, you are, no doubt, a liar. Let us love one another for Christ’s sake.
HYMN: EMHB 73 – MY GOD, HOW WONDERFUL THOU ART…
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please give me the grace to love my enemies even though they appear unlovable, and pray for their change of heart.