Jesus Gives Us Reasons to Obey
It’s puzzling. When I speak on living by faith I often ask, "How many of you know that Jesus calls us to love our enemies?" Everyone nods and says they know this.
Then I ask, "How many of you know the reason Jesus gives for why we should love our enemies?" Almost always the response is the same — very few know the reason.
Why don’t we know the reason?
Are we so good at loving our enemies that we don’t need Jesus’ reason? Um — no. I’m not so good at loving my enemies. And I’m pretty sure we all need help in this. And yet we remember only the command — but not the reason Jesus gives to help us obey the command.
What is the reason?
Here’s what Jesus taught in Luke 6:35, "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return,…