"Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matt. 5:43-44).

There is no misunderstanding this commandment, we must love our neighbors, even if that neighbor is an enemy who hates and persecutes us. While this may be a hard statement to comprehend and accept, it is indeed a commandment. Is Jesus telling us we must love that person, approve of them, and accept all their ways? As always, let us look to the Word of God for guidance and understanding.

John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten Son to die for the sins of mankind that through believing on Him they should be saved and not perish. God loved the world, but He did not approve or accept the evil that was in the world. Verse 18 explains that even though God loved the world, they were condemned and lost because of their sin and unbelief in Jesus Christ. For God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). Yes, it is possible to love someone and pray for them, but not accept their ways, or agree with their erroneous religious views. And, there is absolutely nothing wrong with correcting a misunderstanding of God's Word, if that correction is made with love. Aquila and Priscilla did that very thing with Apollis, when he taught only of the baptism of John, but knew nothing of the baptism of Christ ( Acts 18:24-26). I think it would be wrong not to correct a fellow human being, who misunderstands the scriptures, that could cause them to lose their eternal soul.

God does not expect us to approve and accept every person, or agree with everything a person says or does. In fact He commands us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:11). Not only should we have no part with an evil person, we are to bring their evil ways to the light. We are to be wise in dealing with our fellow man, and not walk as fools, redeeming the time because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15-16).

There is no doubt that God loves us, but do we love God? The bottom line is, if we love God, we will do what He says. God's Word is truth (John 17:17) We must know His truth, for only His truth can make us free (John 8:32). Again Jesus tells us, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Perhaps we should love our neighbors, and keep God's commandments, for judgment day is coming for us all (II Thes. 1:7-10).

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God's word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.

Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of excellent guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the "Good News" of God's Holy Word.