Letting Go & Building a Hut
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scripture Reading: Mark 8:27-38
Jesus demonstrated love for his enemies by “taking up his cross” and dying for them, and as we just read, he instructed his followers to do the same. So what do you make of that? What does loving enemies look like to you? Take some time to ponder these things. Write down a list of a few of your ideas and put them into practice this week.
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.