God does not simply suggest that we love our enemies. He demands it. In this lab, John Piper reveals where we will find the strength to do such an impossible task.
Some questions to ask as you read and study:
- What normally makes it hard for you to love others? Is it something they did? Their personality? The way they treat you? How do you tend to respond?
- Watch the lab. What is the key to loving people when it is hard?
- Name one person you find challenging to love. How can the hope laid up for you in heaven affect how you care for that person this week?
Principle for Bible Reading
Past, Present, Future
The word of God reminds us of past events, proclaims present truths, and gives glimpses of future realities. Pay close attention to whether the verbs in the verse you’re studying are past, present, or future. God often surprises us with telling us how past events affect the present and future, and how future events are in some ways already present realities.