When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)

Ten Scriptures on being kind to enemies:

  • Luke 6:35 – But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
  • Romans 12:17-19 – Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
  • Matthew 5:44-46 – But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?
  • Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
  • Ephesians 4:15 – … but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ…
  • Romans 14:17-19 – … for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
  • 2 Timothy 2:22 – Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
  • Psalm 138:7 – Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me; Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Thy right hand will save me.
  • Psalm 17:7 – Wondrously show Thy lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Thy right hand From those who rise up against them.
  • Luke 23:34 – But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

[Thanks to Josh Wiley for compiling these, and many others, at “10 Bible Verses About Enemies.”]

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What did I learn from these ten verses?
  • Love people who don’t love me, even by giving to them and doing good things for them.
  • If someone does something bad to me, do something nice back to them.
  • Let God take care of the bad things others do to me.
  • Pray for those who persecute me.
  • Respond to harsh words with gentle ones.
  • Speak lovingly when addressing issues.
  • Pursue things which make peace (and abandon those that don’t).
  • Put away the flesh so I can grow up.
  • Know that God will strengthen me and provide a refuge for me in times of trouble.
  • Forgive.
Protestor being arrested in Hart Senate Office...
Protestor being arrested in Hart Senate Office Building. The words on the subject’s shirt read, “When Jesus said ‘Love your enemies’ I think he meant don’t kill them.” Photo by Vic Reinhart, March 7, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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