The answer may shock you.
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Let's take "love your enemies" from an abstract idea to a practical reality.
This is vengeance, which is reserved for God alone.
When we are the one who has been harmed, these words ring troubling and seem tough.
Is your No. 1 concern to honor God and keep His ways alive in your heart?
As a Christian, you have access to a supernatural eternal and limitless source of love that is for you and for you to share with others.
God defined it for us.
But didn't God say John the Baptist would go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah?
We are now adopted into the family of God.
God did not make us because He was lonely, or because He wanted someone to talk to, and certainly not because He was relationally needy.
It appears roughly 800 times in the Old and New Testaments.
They were first wrecked and then redeemed financially, relationally, spiritually and generationally.
Can I get an amen?
It's one of the greatest love stories in all of Scripture.
To say the least, it's complicated.
Are you experiencing a burning-bush moment?
Ruth needed the sort of courtship detailed in Scripture.
The themes of the hero of this section of Ruth ultimately illustrate the hero of all of Scripture, Jesus Christ.
Some preachers avoid this topic entirely—much to the detriment of the church.
One has to ask if these preachers ever had one course helping them to understand the Hebrew Bible and its application to the New Covenant era. I doubt it.