Can you think of a movie, novel, or story where someone (other than Jesus) truly
and sacrificially loved their enemy (someone who had mistreated them or one of
their loved ones)?
Jesus was a brilliant teacher, and Luke records some of his most memorable
teachings. Jesus spoke to people bound by anger, disgust, judgement, hate, and
unforgiveness. Sometimes we are not aware that these are areas of bondage for
us, yet they are some of the enemy’s favorite tools to keep us bound. Jesus and
his teachings have the power to set us free.
Who was your first enemy? Who do you remember first treating you poorly? How
do you remember feeling about that person?
Read Luke 6:27-29. Think (and feel) about a past or current enemy (a person or
group that has hurt you), and share what your first reaction is to Jesus’ teaching in
these verses in light of that enemy.
Read Luke 6:35-36. Why do you think Jesus would say this about how we are to
treat people who have mistreated us? What is he after? What does he know that
Read the two sets of verses above again. Consider specifically what you need
freedom from. How could this advice or teaching lead to freedom?
What does it feel like to be caught up (or bound) by anger, disgust, judgement, hate, or unforgiveness? Is there a season that you remember in which the enemy seemed to really have a foothold in your life in one or more of these areas?
Read Luke 6:39-40. What does Jesus mean? Often, when we are bound by anger, hate, or unforgiveness, somebody comes along with bad advice as to what we should do. Have you received bad advice when feeling anger, hate, or unforgive- ness? Did you follow that advice? Did you end up in a pit? Share.
Read Luke 6:46-49. What would it look like practically and specifically for you to “put into practice” the teaching of Jesus about loving our enemies and doing good to those who are mistreating us?
The teaching of Jesus is not meant to be a whole new set of laws but rather a
whole new kind of life. Share how this discussion impacted you, and pray that the
life of freedom that Jesus is talking about would invade your heart by the power of
This week, think about “the best thing that you could do for the worst person in your life,” and then go do it. This would be the spiritual practice of sacrificial and extrava- gant love which is the kind of love that God has poured out into your life. As we practice doing good to those who have mistreated us, we experience what it is like to live like God lives: free! (Luke 6:35-36).
Luke 1 Psalm 42
Luke 2 Psalm 43
Luke 3 Psalm 44
Luke 4 Psalm 45
Luke 5 Psalm 46
Luke 6 Psalm 47