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15 Love your enemies bible verses: Scriptures to be kind to them

There are no two ways about it.

As humans, we must have enemies.

These people are definitely against your happiness and progress.

They want you to fail, and they try at any opportunity to hurt you.

When you are successful, they are miserable and jealous of you.

But what does the Bible say about your enemies? How should you treat your adversaries?

The scriptures are very clear; God wants us to love everyone.

That includes your family members, friends, strangers, and enemies.

Thankfully, there are many bible verses about being kind to your enemies.

That is, despite their blatant hatred and jealousy towards you, you must be kind to them.

But why should You love your enemies? Why should you do good to those that hate you?

We’ve all sinned against God in so many ways.

Some of us have committed fornication, adultery, lying, murder, drunkenness, hatred, and many other sins against God.

But each day, we are allowed to repent of our ways.

The scriptures say,

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

The death of Christ was an opportunity to return to God.

Despite our iniquities, God redeemed us, turning a blind eye to our sins.

Therefore, we must act the same way.

We must love our enemies and be kind to them.

I have put together “love your enemies bible verses” to inspire you today.

 

Love your enemies Bible verse

Luke 6:27

Love your enemies bible verses (12)

 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

1 Thessalonians 5:15

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Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Luke 6:35

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But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Proverbs 24:17

bible verses about loving your enemies

Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

Galatians 6:10

Bible verses about Love your enemies

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Matthew 5:43-45

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Proverbs 25:21-22

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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.

Exodus 23:4-5

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“If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it

Romans 12:17-19

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Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.

Romans 12:20-21

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20 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.

3 John 1:11

Love your enemies bible verses (3)

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

More “Be kind to your enemies Bible verses.”

Be kind to your enemies Bible verses

Acts 7:60

Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Luke 23:34

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 6:22

Blessed are you when people hate you,
    when they exclude you and insult you
    and reject your name as evil,
        because of the Son of Man.

Psalm 7:4-5

if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
    let him trample my life to the ground
    and make me sleep in the dust

Matthew 5:44

 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Romans 12:14

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

1 Peter 3:9

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

1 Peter 2:23

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Corinthians 4:12-13

 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

2 Kings 6:22

Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 Peter 1:22

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Ways to love your enemies

As Christians, we battle against principalities and powers.

And we must see every one of our enemies as a striking tool of the devil.

Despite their heavy-handedness towards us, we must be kind to them.

We must show them love and be good to them.

Repaying evil for evil is against God’s command.

Having said that, we must be careful with our enemies.

Some of them are very wicked and will go to any extent to hurt or kill you.

But with God on our side, we will overcome all their evil plans.

Here are simple ways to love your enemies.

1. Forgive and bless them

To err is human and to forgive is divine.

You will be tempted and persecuted by your enemies.

When they do, be open-minded and forgive them for their iniquities.

When we forgive, we send the proper signal to God and our enemies.

Don’t hold grudges, and be willing to let go as quickly as possible.

I have been in a similar situation in a past relationship.

And it was so difficult to let go and forgive all that she did to me.

I held grudges in my mind and waited until I repaid her of her evil.

But thank God, we have since reconciled and forgiven each other of our sins.

Being born again comes with lots of responsibilities.

If I were Born again seven years ago, I wouldn’t have repaid my friend with evil.

The scriptures say,

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

2.  Be good to your enemies

Have you ever tried to show love to someone that hates you?

Or, have you extended a hand of friendship to someone that dislikes you?

If you have not, it is one of the best feelings ever.

Just last year, I had a problem with one of my colleagues at work.

She was completely angry with me for not conveying her to my wedding.

And since then, we have unnecessarily become enemies.

For weeks, she wouldn’t talk to me and was angry.

Despite my reservations, I knew I had to reconcile.

And then, I did. Each day, I greeted her with love.

And the truth is, she has been uncomfortable since then.

I will continue to treat her well and wish her all the best.

God willing, she will recognize her mistakes and reconcile with me.

The scripture says,

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:10

3. Pray for your enemies

You may be wondering, why should I pray for some that hate me?

Why should I pray for someone trying to kill me?

First of all, God has commanded us to pray for those that persecute us.

The scriptures say,

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

In other words, you must pray for them to repent of their evil deed.

You must ask God to give them the wisdom and understanding to realize their wrongdoing.

May God almighty give you the power and the strength to forgive, forget, and love your enemies with a clear mind. Amen.

Charletta Travis

Saturday 18th of September 2021

The more I obey God, more blessings & miracles are happening. This morning I found your message about loving our enemies. Charletta

Alison N Hansford

Monday 2nd of August 2021

This is a WONDERFUL teaching! I'm blessed to have found it, thank you so much!

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