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Summary: Love Your Enemies! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMONOUTLINE:

• THREE MISTAKES THE JEWISH LEADERS MADE;

• Mistake #1: They qualified God’s law.

• Mistake #2: They omitted God’s law.

• Mistake #3: They added to God’s law.

• THREE TRUTHS THAT JESUS EMPHASISED:

• Fact #1: Love is a command.

• Fact #2: Love is shown by action.

• Fact #3: Love comes from God.

SERMONBODY:

Ill:

• A reporter was interviewing an old man on his 100th birthday and asked him:

• "What are you most proud of?"

• The old man thought for a moment and replied;

• "Well, I don't have an enemy in the world."

• "What a beautiful thought! How inspirational!" said the reporter.

• "Yep," added the centenarian, "outlived every last one of them."

Quote: Oscar Wilde:

“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”

I have been asked to speak this morning on a few verses from The Sermon on the Mount:

• This sermon is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus,

• Which emphasizes his moral teaching.

• It is one of the most widely quoted elements of the four Gospels;

• It includes some of the best known teachings of Jesus,

• Such as the Beatitudes, and the widely recited Lord's Prayer.

Ill:

• Now not a lot of people know this;

• But Mahatma Gandhi read from the Sermon on the Mount twice every day;

• For over 40 years of his life -- and he was not even a Christian!

• He considered this passage of the Bible;

• The greatest writings on nonviolence in the history of the world.

• And since he wanted to become a person of nonviolence,

• He treated these teachings as a basic primer, as the catechism of nonviolence.

• The Sermon on the Mount is revolutionary stuff;

• So different to anything else in literature or philosophy.

The context of our verses (this morning) relates to Jesus dealing with the Old Testament law:

• Now Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it.

• Perhaps an illustration makes it clearer.

• i.e. An acorn can be destroyed by placing it on a rock and hitting it with a hammer!

• That is one way to destroy it.

• i.e. Or an acorn can be placed in the ground;

• And left to fulfil itself by becoming an oak tree

• In a similar way Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it.

• And in doing so he revealed the true message of the law;

• What we might call the heart of the law.

• So in these verses we get behind the letter of the law;

• And we see the true meaning, the heart and spirit of the law.

Note:

• At the time of Jesus the law had been corrupted in its interpretation;

• The religious leaders had interpreted over the years;

• But their explanations had become twisted to fit their mown ideas.

• And inn his sermon Jesus deals with some of those important misinterpretations ;

• Just scan the chapter and you will see:

• i.e. Verses 21-26: On the subject of murder:


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