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Grace > Hate

 

 Luke 6:26-36

Grace transforms how you react, what you give, and how you respond. 

Grace is Greater than Hate Because… 

Grace Responds with an Equal and Opposite Reaction (6:26-28) 

Jesus warns you that “all people” should not “speak well of you” because it is a sign of a false life that speaks what people want to hear rather than speaking what people need to hear (6:26; 2 Tim. 4:3-4).

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword, For I have come to set man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.”-Jesus in Matthew 6:34-36

Your “enemies” are those who hate you, hurt you, curse you and seek to abuse you (6:27-28).

“Many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”

-Jesus in Matthew 24:10

Jesus is the example of how to love your enemies because Jesus loved his enemies even to the point of dying for them (Rms. 5:10-11). 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”-Jesus in John 13:34-35

When an enemy curses you, Jesus commands you to “bless” them by speaking a blessing over them (6:28).

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that is my give grace to those who hear.”-Ephesians 4:29

Praying for your enemies “who abuse you” may or may not change your enemy but it will change you (6:27).

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

-Jesus on the Cross in Luke 23:34

How to Receive Grace Greater that Hate…

1) Live for Jesus Not People

”For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”-Galatians 1:10

You cannot please Jesus and please people simultaneously (1 Cor. 4:1-4; 1 Thes. 2:4).

2) Reject the Root of Bitterness

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled...”

-Hebrews 12:13-14

Bitterness is self-destructive because it prevents you from receiving grace while causing you to stir trouble and consequently, defile others. 

Grace is Greater than Hate Because…

Grace Offers Up and Gives Away(6:29-31)

Grace reorients your life around a selfless forgiveness through pardoning personal offenses received with a willingness to immediately forgive again (6:29).

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”-Jesus in Matthew 18:21-22

Grace leads to a selfless forgiveness to the one who takes away your possessions because possessions are not your life (6:29; Acts 28:2; 1 Tim. 6:17).

Grace reminds you to “give” to “everyone who begs” from you forgiving the debts of others while not demanding repayment (6:30).

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”-Hebrews 13:16

How to Receive Grace Greater than Hate…

1) Give It Over to God

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”-Romans 12:17-19

Whether or not the other person asks for or gives forgiveness to you, you give forgiveness by giving it over to God. 

2) Forgive Like God Forgives

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”-Jesus in Matthew 6:14-15

“To be a Christians means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in me.”-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Grace is Greater than Hate Because… 

Grace Reverses the Reciprocity (6:32-36)

Built into you is a natural tendency to only love those who love you and hate those who hate you (6:32).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies...’”-Jesus in Matthew 5:43-44

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”-1 John 4:7-8

True children of God reflect God’s “love” by doing “good” to “ungrateful” and “evil” people because grace gives expecting “nothing in return” (6:35).

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”-James 2:13

How to Receive Grace Greater that Hate...

1) Give Mercy to the Unmerciful

“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to 

call the righteous, but sinners.”-Jesus in Matthew 9:13

Acts of mercy and mercy ministries give open doors of opportunity to reach broken lives hungry for mercy and grace (Heb. 4:16).

2) Give Grace Without Strings Attached

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”-Romans 12:20-21 

You are commanded to overcome evil by repaying it with good.

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