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Today's devotional: love those who hate you
"Love your enemies" is one of Jesus' most famous—and confounding—commands. Is it...

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Herbs in the Bible - a Christian perspective
This proverb teaches that it's better to get by with meager resources (characterized here by a meal of just herbs) and a household characterized by love, than to live in luxury but spiritual discord.

Love your enemy - a Christian perspective
Jesus frequently challenged human assumptions about justice and godly behavior. When enemies oppress us, our natural instinct is to hate them and seek revenge--but Jesus says that we ought to respond to their hate with love.

Hate in the Bible: Luke 14:26
The strong wording in this passage is striking--does God really expect us to hate our own family? It's a rhetorical device used to emphasize the all-consuming passion with which we are to commit to God--set against God's love for us, any other emotion, no matter how positive, pales in comparison.

Bible Concordance :: Sin
Perversion of God's good creation, breaking God's law. Sin causes a broken relationship with God. Sin is not a part of our original human nature. God created the first people with the ability to choose whether or not to trust and obey God.

Bible Concordance :: Satan
Means "adversary." Satan is the enemy of God. He wants to destroy everything God has created. He is also called "the devil" (James 4:7), "the evil one" (1 John 5:18-19), "the prince of this world" (John 14:30) and "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Satan brought evil into the world.

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“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Today's passage is from the New International Version of the Bible
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