Love Your Enemies: Open Heaven, May 21, 2024

Open Heaven, May 21, 2024, Tuesday Daily Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye: Love Your Enemies

Open Heaven, May 21, 2024, Topic: Love Your Enemies

MEMORISE: “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35 (KJV)

Read: Proverbs 25:21–22 (KJV)

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Nehemiah 4–7

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The most difficult instruction Jesus Christ gave to His disciples is probably what we have in today’s memory verse. He wants us to love our enemies if we are to be genuine children of God. What are we to do about this seemingly difficult command? Firstly, you should note that His commands are not grievous (1 John 5:3). Also, when you consider the benefits of being a child of God, you will realize that what the Lord commands is just a little price to pay. Amazed by these benefits, John the Apostle wrote in 1 John 3:1:

Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God:




The commandment of the Lord to love your enemies is not just a New Testament doctrine. God commands us to do so because He loves Himself (1 John 4:7). He loved us even when we were in His enemy’s camp as sinners (Romans 5:8), and since He has commanded us to be perfect even as He is (Matthew 5:48), it means that we have to be like Him in all things (Ephesians 5:1), even in loving our enemies.

Why is it so important to God that you love your enemies? One reason is that it practically reflects the true nature of your Father, showing him to be different from what the devil portrays him to be (Genesis 3:1–5). When unbelievers experience such uncommon love from you, they are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that your God is good. Many people testify that they gave their lives to Christ because of the benevolent acts of Christians. Your perceived enemies today may be your best Christian brothers and sisters tomorrow if only you will heed the Lord’s instruction to love them.

Through your love, their wickedness will melt away. One of my relatives, who was an idol worshipper and was well known for his wickedness, decided to follow me to church when he experienced the goodness of the Lord flowing through me into his life. When he was confronted by others as to why he abandoned his deity and foolishly followed me to serve the Lord, he confessed that he was left with no other option but to join me in serving Jesus Christ because of the love I had shown him. He asked those questioning his decision, “Can’t you see how my life has been spiritually and materially transformed?”

Beloved, be good to your enemies, and never repay them with evil.

Also read: Who Is Your Mentor?

Open Heaven, May 21, 2024, Action Point:

Love those who hate you.

Open Heaven, May 21, 2024, HYMN 20: Stand Up! Stand up for Jesus.

1: Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry
His army shall he lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is indeed the Lord.
Stand up for Jesus.
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not, it must not suffer loss.

2: Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet calls, Obey.
Forth to the mighty conflict
on this glorious day.
Ye that are men, now serve Him.
Against unnumbered foes,
Let courage rise with danger.
And strength to strength oppose.



3: Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone.
The arm of flesh will fail you.
You dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
And, watching unto prayer,
Where duty calls or danger calls,
Be never wanting there.

4: Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not last long.
This day, the noise of battle,
The next is Victor’s song:
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be:
He, with the King of Glory,
Shall reign eternally



Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept you as my Lord and personal savior. I believe that you died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank you, Lord, for saving me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.



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