“Provoke Not” ( Matthew 5:11-12, WYC ) by Carley Evans

Jesus does say that we are blessed and should be joyful when “men shall curse [us]” for Him.

“Blessed be ye, when men shall curse you, and shall pursue you [and pursue you], and shall say all evil against you lying, for me. Joy ye, and be ye glad [full out], for your meed is plenteous in heavens; for so they have pursued the prophets also that were before you.”

And Jesus warns:

Woe to you, when all men shall bless you; after these things the fathers of them did to [false] prophets. (Luke 6:26)

But I beg to differ that Jesus asks us to provoke His enemies. Rather Jesus calls us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us and spitefully misuse us. He says:

But I say to you that hear, love ye your enemies, do ye well to them that hated you [do ye well to them that hate you];bless ye men that curse you, pray ye for men that defame you [pray ye for men that falsely challenge you]. (Luke 6:27-28)

Jesus doesn’t call on us to challenge His or our enemies. He doesn’t call on us to defame them or hate them. He tells us to love them and to do well to them.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Rebecca and Overwhelmed by Joy.

  2. Jeff says:

    Yes. I like that. We are supposed to rejoice if and when persecuted. However, we are not supposed to go out seeking persecution. That’s the sign of a twisted mind, in my opinion.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Cooper Expeditions.

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