IS LOVE ENOUGH?
- To pray? (Luke 22:31-34; 1 John 4:10; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 12:10)
- Not slay? (Luke 22:35-38; Isaiah 53:12; Luke 10:3-4; Genesis 22:6; Judges 19:29; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 1:1; Exodus 22:2-3; Nehemiah 4:13-14,16-18,23; Hebrews 1:2; Matthew 5:39; Quote; Acts 12:1-2; Romans 13:1,4; Luke 6:27-28; John 17:9,15,17,19; Luke 22:39-46)
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” 34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
1 John 4:10
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night.
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?” “No,” they replied. 36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! 37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.” 38 “Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.” “That’s enough,” he said.
12 And He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
3 Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife [LXX: μάχαιρα].
29 When he got home, he took a knife [LXX: μάχαιρα] and cut his concubine’s body into twelve pieces. Then he sent one piece to each tribe throughout all the territory of Israel.
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword [Gr: μάχαιρα], cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword [Gr: μάχαιρα] of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
2 If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder. 3 But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder.
13 So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows. 14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” 16 But from then on, only half my men worked while the other half stood guard with spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. The leaders stationed themselves behind the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon. 18 All the builders had a sword belted to their side. 23 During this time...we carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water.
2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.
39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.
End of the Spear (2005)
Steve Saint: If the Waodani attack, will you defend yourself? Will you use your guns?
Nate Saint: Son, we can't shoot the Waodani. They're not ready for heaven...we are.
1 About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. 2 He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword [Gr: μάχαιρα].
Romans 13:1,4 (NKJV)
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword [Gr: μάχαιρα] in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
27 But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
John 17:9,15,17,19 (Scripture Reading)
9 My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” 41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. 45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”