The Hardest Love of All



The Hardest Love of All


Luke 6:27-36, Pastor Howard Harden

Message delivered June 7th, 2015 during the morning services.



Of all Jesus' teachings, none pose so great a challenge as His command to "love your enemies."  In today's Scripture, we seek to understand the full force of these words by examining them from four angles.

  1. The COMMAND Jesus ISSUED. (vs. 27a)
    • "Loving your enemies is not an EMOTION to be ELICITED, it's a COMMAND to be OBEYED."
  2. The INSTRUCTION Jesus GAVE. (vs. 27b-30)
    • "We model this love by what we DO and by what we ENDURE."
  3. The PRINCIPLE Jesus APPLIED. (vs. 31)
  4. The RATIONALE Jesus OFFERED. (vs. 32-36)
    • "Loving our enemies SETS us APART."
    • "Loving our enemies LEADS to great REWARD."
    • "Loving our enemies IMITATES GOD."