What Jesus taught about loving our enemies

Sometimes we think of love as a feeling we have for family members or close friends. When Jesus speaks of loving our enemies, as he does in Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27, he means a different kind of love. This love is called agape (ah-gah'pay). When the Gospels were written in Greek almost two thousand years ago, this kind of love was written down like this: dydnri.

Agape means invincible goodwill—feeling good about someone no matter how that person has treated you. Having agape gives you the power to be good to those who may not like you. It means stopping someone from doing bad and helping him or her do good.

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