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Dear Thurman

In the Holy Bible, Matthew 5:43,Love your enemies, I have the following questions.

1 Is it not difficult to achieve the above in the 21st century?.

2 Will the enemy think as we think?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Dear Prashant,
It is never easy to love your enemy. In fact, living the true Christian life requires becoming like Christ, and that’s impossible unless we surrender our will to His will.

We’ll understand the extent of the love Christ wants us to have for our enemies, when we read the context of this verse:

Mat 5:42  Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Mat 5:43  "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.'
Mat 5:44  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
Mat 5:45  that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Mat 5:47  And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
Mat 5:48  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

You’ll notice that God loves His enemies so much that He treats them in the same way as He does His friends.  “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

If we truly love our enemies, we’ll treat them as though they were our friends. Of course, they will not think as we do, and won’t feel inclined to return the favor.

But Jesus says, verse 48, that to love your enemy will make you “perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

According to this passage, perfection is not necessarily the absence of sin, but the attitude of love toward our neighbors—and our enemies.

Thurman Petty

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Thurman C. Petty, Jr.

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I`ve been a Pastor and Bible teacher for 40 years.

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I`m a writer--author of 18 Bible-based books and over 200 journal articles. Web site: www.PettyPress.com where a lot of my books and writings are posted. I've been married to the same lovely lady for 55 years. We're more in love now than when we married. My wife and I were missionaries to Pitcairn Island, in the South Pacific, from 1982-1984.

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I've been a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since the age of 9.

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Books: Pacific Press Publishing Association; PettyPress. Number of titles published: 16. Journal Articles: Adventist Review; Signs of the Times; Guide Magazine; Ministry: A Journal for Clergy; Sabbath School Leadership; The Youth's Instructor; Student Movement; Cord, and others. Total Journal articles: over 200. Web Site: www.PettyPress.com. Contents: 18 of my books; 41 Bible study guides; over 30 sermons; Stories; poems; links to other sites, etc. E-mail address: PettyPress@gmail.com

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I have a BA and a Master`s degree--both degrees are in Biblical studies.

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I was awarded the "Golden Cord" from my Alma Mater, Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, for my foreign mission service.

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