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Sermon On The Mount

Like Father, Like Son

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | August 7, 1977

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We all have enemies, but we don’t have to be an enemy in return. In fact, we are called to love our enemies as Jesus loved us, and died for us while we were still sinners.

In this message, Pastor Wiersbe explains the benefits of loving our enemies. One of the main reasons: when we love our enemies, they no longer have control over our lives.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

The Pharisees were not obeying the Old Testament law; they were evading it.

Three questions about loving your enemies:

  • Who is my enemy?
    • Jesus, Peter, and Paul all had enemies.
    • We are persecuted for Jesus sake, for the sake of His name.
    • Our enemies come not because we declare war, but because they’ve declared war.
    • People are going to be abrasive, critical, etc.
    • If we don’t have these enemies, we have a problem in our Christian life.
  • How should I love my enemy?
    • Christian love is an act of the will.
    • Love does not mean we like them or feel a certain way.
    • When they speak evil of us, we speak good of them.
    • Pray for those who hurt us.
  • Why should I love my enemy?
    • We love for Jesus
      • Jesus took worse for us.
      • We measure ourselves by Jesus standard, not the world’s.
    • We love for our enemies’ sake.
      • We can build a bridge and win our enemies to Christ.
    • We love for our own sake.
      • When we love our enemies, they no longer control our life.
      • When we love, we grow in our Christian faith.

We can’t help having enemies, but we don’t have to be enemies.

Jesus laid down His life for His enemies—us.

Everything He asks us to do, Jesus already did.

Love never fails.

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