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The ability to love your enemies

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-06-10 (월) 09:28 조회 : 80
설교일 : 2019.06.09
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Luke 6:27-38

June 9, 2019

Christian Life Series #2

 

The ability to love your enemies

Luke 6:27-38

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

For this month of June, we are sharing a series of sermons on the Christian Life to help us reflect upon our life of faith.

 

What does it mean to you to have a faith and attend church regularly? Do you experience some changes and acquire abilities in your life of faith? Last week we talked about having the expectation to fulfill our earnest wishes.

 

This week we are going to discuss our ability to love our enemies.

Do you have any enemies? You would think that as Christians, we should not have any enemies at all, but in reality, we do have enemies and we continue to make enemies.

 

< At a Revival, the visiting pastor asked the congregation, “Is there anyone here who does not have any enemies?” Then, an old man raised his hand. The pastor praised the old man and asked him, “How can you have no enemies?” The old man answer, “They all died off one by one and now there is no one.”

 

Jesus’ core message in today’s passage is ‘Love your enemies’; “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28) What He wants us to do is not only to love our enemies, but also to bless and pray for them.

 

Why is Jesus telling us to love our enemies? Before saying this message, He said in the first part of verse 27 that “I tell you who hear me:” Therefore, we know that His message to love our enemies is intended for those who hear Jesus, in other words, for those who are already in the kingdom of God.

 

Someone came to me to argue that the passage in the Old Testament of ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth’ allowed the injured person to take revenge on the person who had injured him, and that revenges were permitted by God to the full extent of the injury a person received. Actually, at the time of Jesus, the Rabbis in the Jewish society taught ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth’ from Leviticus 24:20, so the people thought that it was their right to take revenge on the person who had caused them injury. Consequently, there was never-ending cycle of revenges and retaliations among the Jewish people in that society.

 

But God had given this law to prevent the people from retaliating a lot more than the injury they had received, so God specified that ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth’. This detail was given as a warning to those who wanted to take revenges and to limit the extent of their revenges.

 

In our life of faith, we cannot make our own rules arbitrarily, as we have to ‘dwell in the Word of God’. Today Jesus is telling us to love our enemies. As Christians, we should be able to love our enemies, so I am asking you if you are really doing this in your everyday life.

 

1.  Do you have any enemies in your life?

 

In my ministry, I am always surprised to hear about someone’s enemies in the church, as I want to hear more stories of love among the Christians. Whenever I hear about the enemies of our church members, I realize that these enemies have common denominators; they had enjoyed a very intimate and close relationship with our members before, and then somehow at some point they hurt and betrayed our members, so they are still hurting from the pain and from the betrayal of trust of their enemies.

 

Then, there are common denominators among those who complain about their enemies; they cannot forget their past hurt as if it happened yesterday and still harbor their hate for their enemies who had betrayed them. What they have is a life tied down to their enemies, whom they hate and talk about all the time.

 

Lord Jesus knows this aspect of our lives very well. He is aware that even as Christians, we still have the remnants of our past worldly lives. Even after meeting Jesus and being bestowed with the grace and the Holy Spirit, we are still too weak to refrain from making enemies.

 

That is why Jesus is telling us to ‘love our enemies’ who are not from our past lives, but in our present lives. Jesus wants to provide us a new life not bound by any enemies, but bound by love. He wants to emphasize that this new life is bound by love.

 

Should we continue to live our lives being tied down to our enemies and entangled with them, or should we change our lives to be bound by love?

 

< At a conference, I ran into a pastor who was 1 year behind me in the Seminary we both attended. I knew he was older than me, but we were not very close while in school. Then, at this conference, as soon as he saw me and my wife, he began to speak to us using the informal and casual form of speech, showing no respect. We were both surprised at his tone of speech and our feelings were hurt. I couldn’t understand his attitude, but I kept my cool, in spite of feeling insulted.

 

After some time and back at our room, I meditated upon the reason why I had been so upset. God gave me the answer; I had been arrogant. Because he didn’t acknowledge me nor show any high regard for me, I had been offended, all due to my arrogance.

 

Then, I began to understand how he could have felt. Running into me by chance after 30 years, he must have been really happy, so he expressed his joy by using the informal form of speech to me. The next day when I saw that pastor again, my heart was filled with the understanding of him. >

 

My beloved congregation, it is so easy for us to make enemies in any situation in our lives. But the real enemy is us, ourselves. Our old self, our old hatred, our old self-esteem or our old fake pride is our real enemy.

 

< Some members complain to me, “Pastor, I hate those loud voiced people in church!” Then, I notice that they are loud-voiced people themselves. It is very strange, but when we think seriously about whom we don’t like in the church, those we hate are very similar to us. Arrogant people hate other arrogant people in the church, and those who crave recognition hate others who crave recognition in the church. Therefore, our biggest enemy is our own self.

 

By realizing who our real enemy is, our spiritual eyes will begin to open. When we find out the enemy is within ourselves, we will have better understanding of what we hate and what we love. By understanding the biggest enemy is within us, not outside of us, we begin to realize that we should not hate any enemies outside of us, but fight against our enemy within us.

 

Having faith in Jesus, we are able to recognize the enemy inside of us. By doing so, we can begin to love the enemies outside of us.

 

Let us go back to today’s passage. Jesus says in verse 29, “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.”

 

When Jesus was telling this message, His disciples very likely didn’t understand Him clearly. Jesus was really talking about what He was doing for us who are tied down to our enemies without realizing the real enemy is within us. He was struck on His two cheeks and His cloak was taken from Him as well as His tunic. Jesus loved those who were rejecting Him and not acknowledging Him. Jesus showed us how to love the enemies.

 

2.  Are you going to live by ‘doing to others as you would have them do to you?’

 

Jesus is asking us what the difference is between our lives and the lives of those without God. In other words, the unbelievers love those who love them and they do good to those who are good to them, and if we act like they do, then what is the difference?

 

Jesus says that as the believers of God, we should live differently from others in the world. Those in the world ‘love only those who love them’ and ‘make enemies with those who do not love them’.

 

Jesus gives three examples of the way people in the world lives.

1)  They love those who love them. (verse 32)

2)  They do good to those who are good to them. (verse 33)

3)  They lend to those from whom they expect repayment. (verse 34)

 

Sadly, we also live our lives by loving only those we want to love, doing good to only those we want to do good to, and lending to only those with the expectation of repayment in full. The problem is that what we want and what others want are the same thing, so conflicts are bound to happen, and enemies are made very easily.

 

< You may have heard this story about ‘Country bumpkin woman and W100,000 payment’.

 

Through her farm work, a woman had supported her son all the way to his appointment as a judge. Her son was her only joy and pride. Once every year she would bring the best farm produce to her son’s home. One day she arrived there and no one was at home. She was very happy to see the house was all clean and tidy, so she made a tour of his home. When she got to the master bedroom, everything was at the right place. She felt so proud of her daughter-in-law. Then, she spotted the household expenses account book on her dressing table. As she was skimming through the book, she noticed one recurring expense, marked ‘Country bumpkin woman: W100,000’. It took a while for her to realize that this particular payment had been made to her. She got so upset that she returned to her home in the country without telling anyone. Eventually, her son found out from his mother the reason for her wrath. After apologizing profusely to her, the son and daughter-in-law decided to raise the monthly pocket money allowance to her to W500,000. >

 

Jesus tells us that we should do to others as we would like to have them do to us. This is a paradox and the reversal of the principle of the world. When the people of the world don’t do what we want them to do for us, we make enemies. But here Jesus wants us to do to others first what we would like to have them do to us, in regard to our expectation, hope and love.

 

Jesus says that as Christians, we should do to others first what we would like to have them do to us.

 

What do people want others to do for them?

1)  They want to be acknowledged and recognized by others.

2)  They want to be understood by others.

 

God did these things for us through Jesus; Jesus acknowledged us and understood us. As far as we are concerned, doing these things for others is so difficult that we sometimes end up making enemies. There are some people who even make enemies of their pastors. I heard someone complain to me, “Pastor, how could you find out the secrets of my life and use them against me in your sermon?” I tried to defend myself; “First of all, it is not true. Why would I try to attack one person in my sermon when it is for the whole congregation? But if you heard it as if it was meant for you, perhaps it was the work of God’s grace to help you.” So far, I have never met anyone who accepted my defensive explanation. They continue to claim they have been seriously wronged and hurt, and it is very frustrating to me.

 

In our lives, we have not done to others the things we want to have them do to us. Now Jesus is asking us to do those things first, so that we will have no enemies.

 

Similar message is found in Proverbs. “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” (Proverbs 25:21-22)

 

The Hebrew expression of ‘heaping burning coals on someone’s head’ means making that person feel very ashamed. The injurer would have felt better if the injured took revenge on him, because being treated well by the injured would be the most unbearable for the injurer.

 

Apostle Paul gave a similar message in Romans; “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”(Romans 12:19-21)

 

Through his message of ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’, Apostle Paul gives us the same message that Jesus showed us by example and His disciples followed and the early Christian community adhered to.

 

When we do to others as we would like to receive, from whom do we receive? Not from our enemies, but from God ultimately. Therefore, we should go one step further. We should do to others, as we would like to have God do to us.

 

When we begin to love our enemies, we will be able to do what we would want God to do to us. What do we want from God? We want to be forgiven and not judged, and be loved, even when we are weak. Then, we should do the same now to our enemies in our lives.

 

3.  The ability to love our enemies comes with the change of the measure we use

 

Jesus gave a very important message about how to love your enemies in verse 38. “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 

With the change of the measure we use, our lives will be changed. There are some people whose measure makes enemies for them; they make enemies endlessly because of incompatibility, disagreement or opposition, and they have the wrong measure.

 

The measure we use will decide our lives.

 

There are two types of people; the first type likes to fight other people and King Saul belongs to this group. He continued to fight against David and tried to crush him. David was just the opposite. He didn’t want to fight Saul nor anyone else. David only quarreled with God to find the solutions to his problems.

 

How about you? Are you the type of person who likes to fight other people? Or are you the type of person who quarrels with God? Those who fight other people will try to find solutions in people, but will only find strife and despair. Those who quarrel with God will be able to have a clear view of the problem and of his own weaknesses. A person who quarrels with God will experience his own changed self, even when he doesn’t find the solution in God.

 

The measure we use should not be our own, but God’s measure. We have to consult God for the measure, and then we will reap the following outcome in verse 38.

 

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.”

 

God will do the measuring and pour His blessings upon you. The measure we use will gradually be changed to the measure of God, in our life of faith.

 

  

 

 


   

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설교일 : 2019.08.11
본문말씀 : Luke 10:30-37
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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