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The Importance of Loving Your Enemies

July 3, 2000

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Bible Study Questions

  1. Have you ever known anyone who never had an enemy?

  2. Who is the archenemy every Christian faces?

  3. How is that enemy described in Mt. 13:39?

  4. How is that enemy described in 1 Pe. 5:8? But what does Jesus say regarding our power over the enemy? (Lu. 10:19)

  5. Where is our real battle? (Eph. 6:12)

  6. Why then does it seem that our trials are with human enemies?

  7. Describe David's trial with his close friend; his guide. (Ps. 55:12-14)

  8. As David was a type or prophetic example of Christ, so Ahithophel was a type of Judas. Judas was called alongside Jesus as a disciple, a believer, and a friend who ate, slept, walked and talked with Him. According to Luke 6:40 should we expect to be betrayed in like manner?

  9. Have you ever felt the betrayal of a close friend?

  10. What should our response be according to Mt. 22:37 - 40?

  11. "If a man say, I love God, and __________ __________ __________, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" (1 John 4:20).

  12. Loving those who've wounded us is (a) an option (b) a command. (Which one?)

  13. Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, __________ __________ __________, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32).

  14. In Mt. 5:43-44 Jesus states very clearly what more we can do for those who betray and wound our hearts.
    1. ________________ thy neighbor
    2. ________________ thy enemies
    3. ________________ them that curse you
    4. ________________ for them that despitefully use you.

  15. In Prov. 25:21-22 it says "the Lord shall reward thee" for doing what?

  16. What did our only perfect example say when He was betrayed and crucified by those very ones deemed religious? (Lu. 23:24)

  17. What did Stephen say when he was stoned by religious leaders? (Acts 7:60)

  18. Paul also had those who caused him grief. What did he say? (1 Co. 4:12-13, 1 Peter. 2:23)

  19. Fill in the following blanks with (a) hate (b) love (c) pray. We can __________ the immoral actions of those in government. We can __________ the sins of homosexuals, abortionists and all Christ despisers. But the Lord commands us to __________ them as people - people for whom Jesus died. And he commands us to __________ for them.

  20. What does it mean to "bless" someone?

  21. Name some ways you can "Do good to them that hate you."

  22. (True or false). Jesus commands us to be reconcilers, forgivers, and blessers and to pray for our enemies.

  23. (True or false). Jesus commands us to act as an intercessor on their behalf.

  24. (True or false). It is the glory of a man to pass over a transgression.

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