How To Love Your Enemies (10 of 23) by Ken Trivette

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How To Love Your Enemies (10 of 23)
Series: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
Ken Trivette
Matthew 5:43-48

Outline
1. THE RECEPIENTS OF OUR LOVE

a) Those That Hate Us
b) Those That Hurt Us

2. THE REACTIONS OF OUR LOVE

a) The Definition of Love
b) The Demonstration of Love

3. THE REFLECTION OF OUR LOVE

a) Unconditional Love
b) Unlimited Love

A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting. ''How are we faring?'' asked the king. ''Sire,'' replied the knight, ''I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west.'' ''What?'' shrieked the king. ''I don't have any enemies to the west!'' ''Oh,'' says the knight. ''Well, you do now.''

In Matthew 5:20 Jesus said, ''That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.'' Jesus gave six illustrations describing a righteousness that exceeded the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. Today we look at the sixth in which He addresses the subject of enemies and how we should treat them.

A preacher in his Sunday sermon preached on ''Forgiving Your Enemies.'' After his sermon he asked how many were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up their hands. Not satisfied he rehashed some of his sermon for another twenty minutes and repeated his question. This time he received a response of about 80 percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for another 15 minutes and repeated his question. With all thoughts now on Sunday dinner, all responded except one elderly lady in the rear. ''Mrs. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?'' he asked. ''I don't have any'' she said. The preacher looked at her and said, ''Mrs. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?'' She replied, ''Ninety three.'' ''Mrs. Jones,'' said the preacher, ''please come down in front and tell the congregation how a person can live to be nin ...


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