Nothing can blur the lines of love and romance like Valentine’s Day. But the euphoria of romantic love fades as quickly as the bouquet of flowers on your countertop. To find the kind of love that lasts, we need to look somewhere else.

Cue Jesus. And when you listen to what Jesus says about love, you start to get the feeling that Jesus thinks true love isn’t fair. It’s unjust, even. And involves more giving than getting.

Since this idea on love isn’t very popular, I decided to get together with Christians and non-Christians to hear their reactions to Jesus’ teaching that love isn’t fair.

What would you add to the conversation?

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hey everybody my name is crisp Avila and
welcome to what Jesus says about where
Jesus speaks for himself so you can
respond for yourself and don’t forget to
hit subscribe so you can stay up to date
on what Jesus says about topics
important to you now if you haven’t
already gotten your Valentine’s candy
and card good luck because when you go
to Walgreens you’re gonna be picking
some leftovers quick tip at this point
if you haven’t bought anything yet just
buy a blank card and write inside of
that every year I buy my wife some
Russell Stover chocolates because she
loves these and then she likes to sit
there and look at them and try to guess
what’s inside and it’s a good excuse if
you don’t like what you get it’s not
fair just go back and get another mine
until you like what you get I like this
one a lot of Korman when it comes to
chocolate you can go back and get
another piece if you didn’t like what
you got but that’s not the way love
works at least according to Jesus
obviously this isn’t a very popular
teaching so I wanted to have some
cameras rolling while Christians and
non-christians reacted to Jesus is
teaching that love isn’t fair
so you guys go ahead and check it out
I’m gonna have another piece of candy so
Jesus is teaching on love and his idea
of love I think we would all go okay
that’s good that Jesus is a loving guy
but then when we like start to actually
dig in and what he meant and his idea
and concept of what it was to love
people that liked it it challenges and
unsettles us and he says you’ve heard it
said I’ve heard eye and tooth for a
tooth but I tell you don’t resist an
evil person
if anyone slaps you on the right cheek
turn to them the other cheek also and if
anyone wants to sue you and take your
shirt
hand over your coat as well and if
anyone forces you to go one mile go with
them two miles you’ve heard it said love
your neighbor and hate your enemy but I
tell you love your enemies and pray for
those who will press you I mean if you
guys have ever been robbed after you
were robbed how would you have heard
these words from Jesus differently than
I am now I definitely would have
processed it differently but I probably
wouldn’t have heard that
words would be hard to take them words
and it feels inside like he’s saying be
a doorman just take anything and just be
a doorman
I feel like you’re like so angry that
it’s hard to even hear do what’s right
because you just see bread when someone
wrongs me my first reaction is oh it’s
on like let me put me think about how I
can get you back so how do you reconcile
that as a follower pieces that you don’t
do that well he forgives me anyway
I’m not attacked that very often you
know often I mean how do you you just
hope you don’t get tested in that area
not sure that any religion has really
done a great job at love your enemies it
depends I see Jesus talking about
genuine retaliation and not I mean
there’s infighting there’s like a level
of self-defense right I mean there’s a
level of just protecting yourself yeah I
mean you know I think there’s some
context they’re buying Jesus’s words
about striking someone on one cheek
there may be some level of
self-protection that might be
appropriate well then why didn’t he say
that it seems like he says love your
enemy and now you’re like justifying
well well hold on let’s define what
enemy unless define what love really
looks like I mean am I wrong all right
you just think no I think you’re right
but I think even as Kurt no one’s
perfect so of course we don’t do exactly
like like yeah we’re supposed to
probably do that but we don’t well I
think he’s just trying to teach peace
and that there’s a better way you know
violence can feed more violence but
someone’s eventually gonna have to stop
to make a change are you asking me like
I four and I like do I want them to I
mean I would want the person to be
caught or punished but I wouldn’t seek
out revenge but this is beyond just
justice justice would be an eye for an
eye
he’s saying the person who strikes to
give the cheek person who grabs you give
them something else no they take the
coat okay give me your shirt oh there
you go one month go – I don’t see
justice in it I actually see injustice
and that he’s asking me
to not only be taken from but then to
give it could just be that Jesus is
throwing down moral imperatives here
telling us what to do or not to do and
there’s no meaning to it
where it could be that there’s actually
something really meaningful behind it is
if we knew how you know powerful it
could be if we live that way as a
society if we know powerful it could be
for us personally in our own lives and
our own well-being to live that way I
think it would make us look at this
teaching differently it’s an interesting
conversation I think ultimately what
Jesus is saying is that in love you end
up giving a whole lot more than you end
up receiving at least that’s the way it
appears on the surface but I’d love to
hear your thoughts how do you respond to
what Jesus teaches how do you respond to
what you heard around that table go
ahead and leave your comments below also
while you’re doing that I’ve got a
playlist over here of some of the other
reaction videos go ahead and take a look
and we’ll see you soon
what do you call butterfingers is that
like it’s like a Butterfinger is that
like a nougat no it’s not nougat what is
that
toffee no what is that

The one thing Jesus says you can do to start loving your enemies is easier than you think.

You may have revenge on the mind, but in this video Jesus will tell you why you should stop thinking about payback and love your enemies, instead.

Even better, what Jesus teaches here is something that’s easy to do and you can start immediately, wherever you are.

Read the entire account from Luke 6:27-36 for yourself:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+6%3A27-36&version=NIV

Here’s the video on “What Jesus Says About Loving Your Neighbor”:

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– Today Jesus is gonna
give you an exercise
you can try right where you are.
[upbeat music]
Hey everybody, my name is Chris Paavola
and welcome to What Jesus Says About,
where Jesus speaks for himself,
so you can respond for yourself.
Don’t forget to hit “Like” and “Subscribe”
and that little bell
so you can get notified
of new videos whenever they drop.
Now today we’re gonna be talking about
what Jesus says about love
and we made a video a
little while ago talking
about what Jesus says
about loving your neighbor
[And I’ll link to that video
in the show notes below.]
Bu everybody loves that Jesus,
everybody loves the message
to love people who are different than you
and accept everybody.
[cheering]
But today what Jesus says about
love makes everybody uneasy,
including yourself.
So Jesus is teaching this crowd of people
and he’s critiquing the
rich and the powerful
and everybody listening is like,
“Yeah Jesus, you tell ’em!”
But then Jesus says, “Love your enemies.”
And everyone’s like, “Wait, what?”
And the people in the back are
like, “Can you say that again
“’cause it sounded like you
said to love your enemies.”
And Jesus is like, “Yeah,
yeah, love your enemies.
“In fact, do good to those who hate you,
“bless those who curse you,
“and pray for those who mistreat you.”
And even the best-dressed Christians
you know will struggle with this teaching.
They’ll agree in principle
that you should love your enemies,
but when somebody’s
actually mistreating you,
actually cursing at you,
and actually harming you,
it’s really hard to love them.
We can sit there and debate
and try to figure out
what Jesus is and isn’t saying
and when this does and doesn’t apply,
but in doing so we would miss
this very practical teaching
that Jesus says you can
do right where you are.
So, let’s try this.
Right now, just think of
somebody who has mistreated you,
somebody you hate,
somebody who’s your enemy.
Just think of them, get them in your mind.
Okay, now once you’ve
got them, pray for them.
And not a prayer like, you know,
they would learn their lesson
or God would strike them down.
No, no, no, no, no.
A prayer that God would bless them.
Just say, “God, please bless”
and then say their name.
Go ahead.
Did you feel that?
You hated the words as
they left your lips,
you, you didn’t want to say it.
But, something else happened.
Not only did their name leave your lips,
but so did a little bit of the power
that they have over you.
And you replaced that anger and resentment
that you have in your heart with love.
And ultimately Jesus is
teaching what you give
to your enemies-good or
bad-you give to yourself.

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