Loving our enemies

Jesus commands us to love our enemies.

Luke 6
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.
36 “Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful. 37 Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged.
Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned.
Set free, and you will be set free.
38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.”

But then why is God Himself judging our enemies?

Romans 13
19 Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.”

How can we follow Jesus by loving our enemies when He will finally judge His own enemies?

It’s because only He who is sinless has the right to judge! That is Jesus Christ alone.

John 8
“But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7 But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her.”

Only Jesus has the right to judge because He must judge those who reject His salvation. God has to judge everyone otherwise there can be no justice for those who live in sin.

But as believers, we cannot judge people now in this life.

It is because we are sinners saved by grace through faith in Christ.
We are not yet fully like Jesus.
We still sin and therefore we cannot judge our enemies.

James 3 “2 For we all stumble in many things.”

This is why James warns us to not judge others otherwise we will be judged.

James 4 “11 Don’t speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge another?”

Matthew 7 ““Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

This is why we are warned to not hate others.
But we are called to love one another just like Jesus loved and forgave His enemies on the cross.

Luke 23:34
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.”

We are commanded to purify ourselves by obedience to His commandments.

1 John 3
“2 Beloved, now we are children of God. It is not yet revealed what we will be; but we know that when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.”

If we are faithful and obey Christ until the end,
then we will not be judged
but we will be saved and become glorified like Jesus in heaven.
Then on that last day, we will judge the world with Jesus at the judgment day.

1 Corinthians 6
2 Don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Don’t you know that we will judge angels?

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