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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

liking your enemy

Whereas feeling positively toward one’s enemies and “liking” them are indeed impossible at times, Luke helps us to understand that we can love our enemies by willing good toward them, by doing good in return for evil, by blessing instead of cursing, and by praying for them. Often even the ability to will good for one’s enemies may seem impossible, but Luke believed that the same Spirit who empowered Jesus (Luke 4:14) dwells in believers and can empower them to choose love for enemies. Thus Pentecost keeps this from being simply an impossible ideal.

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Robert H. Stein, Luke, vol. 24, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 210.

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