27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. 32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
1. Take some time to read over the passage above, Luke 6:27-38.
2. Honestly, what are your initial thoughts and feelings regarding the passage? Why?
3. There is a call to a lot of action in this text. Take a minute to discuss and list all of them. In which ones are you particularly strong? In which ones are you particularly weak?
4. What is an enemy? Take a minute and write down the enemies that you have right now. Think specifically.
5. Now, again being very specific, if one were to love the people in the above list like this text calls Christ-followers to love them, what would it look like? In what practical ways would this love act?
6. Is it possible to live a life like this, even if it’s very inconsistent? Read the middle of verse 35-36. What is the heartbeat of this passage…wherein lies the power to live this type of life?
7. Read verses 35-38 again. What are the benefits to living a life like this?
8. Would your friends, family, and the community around you look different if you started to live this way? How? Would things at SPC change if we started to live this way? How?
Take the remainder of your time to pray specifically for your enemies and those around you that are less fortunate that you. Using your answers from number 5, pray that God’s grace would empower you and your group to love this way.