Topics: God, Forgiveness, New Testament, Love, Gospel of Matthew, Form of the Good / Pages: 4 (934 words) / Published: Dec 11th, 2012

Mathew 5:44

Patrick Fries

ASB 1098 – BIL 102
March 3, 2012

I have read and understand the plagiarism policy as outlined in the syllabus and the sections in the Student Catalog relating to the IWU Honesty/Cheating Policy. By affixing this statement to the title page of my paper, I certify that I have not cheated or plagiarized in the process of completing this assignment. If it is found that cheating and/or plagiarism did take place in the writing of this paper, I understand the possible consequences of the act/s, which could include expulsion from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Few tasks an person faces are more emotionally or mentally challenging than that of managing conflict. And yet, conflict is a fact of life in this world, so it’s crucial that all people learn how to manage it with an eye toward positive closure. Over the course of a lifetime, every eperson will have countless opportunities to work with others through relational, philosophical and methodological differences. On occasion those differences may lead to personal strife, and the person’s opponent may appear to be an enemy. At such times the words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount will take on added significance:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44)

What is Matthew 5:44 telling us? Love your enemies, “ It is impossible to love the conduct of a man that curses and reviles us, and injures our person or property, or that violates all the laws of God; but though we may hate his conduct, and feel deeply that we are affected by it, yet we may still wish well to the person; we may pity his

References: Barnes, A. (2011). Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament. Retrieved March 03, 2012, from Guzik’s, D. (2003). David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible. Retrieved March 03, 2012 form King Jr, M. (1957) Loving Your Enemies. Retrieved March 03, 2012 from

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